Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Audiobook, by Kristin Kobes du Mez Play Audiobook Sample

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Audiobook

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Audiobook, by Kristin Kobes du Mez Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Suzie Althens Publisher: Kalorama Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781684579297

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57:37 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

24:39 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

38:03 minutes

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How did a libertine who lacks even the most basic knowledge of the Christian faith win 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016? And why have white evangelicals become a presidential reprobate's staunchest supporters? These are among the questions acclaimed historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez asks in Jesus and John Wayne, which explains how white evangelicals have brought us to our fractured political moment.

Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping account of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, showing how American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism. Evangelical popular culture is teeming with muscular heroes—mythical warriors and rugged soldiers, men like Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Mel Gibson, and the Duck Dynasty clan, who assert white masculine power in defense of "Christian America." Chief among these evangelical legends is John Wayne, an icon of a lost time when men were uncowed by political correctness, unafraid to tell it like it was, and did what needed to be done.

A much-needed reexamination, Jesus and John Wayne explains why evangelicals have rallied behind the least-Christian president in American history and how they have transformed their faith in the process, with enduring consequences for all of us.

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"  Typically, she casts EVERYTHING as one where the bad guys are trying to take over the good guys, something that even John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, etc would have vigorously opposed as long as they defined good guys and bad guys along the lines of her jaundice perspectives. Kind of hard for them to do since at the center of her Bullseye is the white hierarchical American male. In short, a hit piece of leftist propaganda masquerading as legitimate history. "

— Isgodnowhere (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “Du Mez leads us with apparent ease, as only a seasoned historian can…Jesus and John Wayne is a book that America needs now. I hope it will be widely read.”

    — Boston Globe
  • “Brilliant and engaging… Across chapters ranging from ‘John Wayne Will Save Your Ass’ to ‘Holy Balls,’ Du Mez peppers her text with entertaining (and sometimes horrifying) examples.

    — New Republic
  • “Paradigm-influencing…A very readable page-turner.”

    — Christianity Today
  • “A much needed and painstakingly accurate chronicle of exactly ‘where many evangelicals are,’ and the long road that got them there.”

    — Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • “Narrator Suzie Althens lends a compassionate and thoughtful tone to this new audiobook…Althens’s delivery gives the audiobook the feel of watching a Dateline episode, and her performance makes the large amounts of information easier to take in. Even when the information presented is horrifying, Althens ensures that the tone of the audiobook remains informative and respectful.”

    — AudioFile

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About Kristin Kobes du Mez

Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a professor of history at Calvin University and the author of A New Gospel for Women, among other books. She has written for the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Christian Century, and Religion & Politics, among other publications.

About Suzie Althens

Suzie Althens records from her professional studio in Alaska, near the beautiful Matanuska Glacier. She narrates regularly for major publishers and specializes in audiobooks and e-learning. Suzie is enthusiastic about narrating nonfiction as it provides opportunities to share amazing memoirs, medical discoveries, and inspiration, but she also enjoys mysteries and women’s fiction.