“Show[s] how evangelicals’ contemporary embrace of right-wing politics is rooted in its centuries-long problem with race. This scathing takedown of evangelicalism’s ‘racism problem’ will challenge evangelicals to confront and reject racism within church communities.”—Publishers Weekly
Leading historian and public commentator Anthea Butler will be touring (virtually) to present her new book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, a clear-eyed, hard-hitting chronicle of American religion and politics that demonstrates that racism is at the core of conservative evangelical activism and power.
“Every so often a book comes along that distills essential truths so crisply, so powerfully, that it feels not just valuable but vital–alive with the clear, brilliant, and even thrilling thinking we need like we need water and air. Anthea Butler writes with force and grace of what is, how it came to be, and why it must change. White Evangelical Racism is an American revelation, in the real, deep sense of that rightly troubling word.”—Jeff Sharlet, bestselling author of The Family and This Brilliant Darkness
UPCOMING EVENTS (all are virtual)
Tuesday, March 16: Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the University of Pennsylvania, in conversation with Robert P. Jones and moderated by Michele Margolis
Thursday, March 25: Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN), in conversation with Bob Smietana
Monday, March 29: Politics & Prose (Washington, DC), in conversation with Jeff Sharlet
Wednesday, March 31: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe (Asheville, NC), in conversation with Sarah Posner
Friday, April 2: California African American Museum (Los Angeles, CA), in conversation with Melissa Harris-Perry
Tuesday, April 6: UVA’s Religion, Race, and Democracy Lab (Charlottesville, VA), in conversation with with Charles Mathewes and Larycia Hawkins
Thursday, April 8: Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC), in conversation with Kate Bowler
Tuesday, April 20: Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), in conversation with Sylvester Johnson
Thursday, April 29: Magic City Books (Tulsa, OK), in conversation with Matt Sutton
Thursday, May 27: Book People (Austin, TX), in conversation with Kristin Kobes Du Mez
“A concise history of the racism that structures white evangelical Christianity in America. . . . [The] clear and forceful synthesis provides a useful entry point for evangelicals and non-evangelicals alike seeking to learn the history and contemporary reality of white evangelical political power in the United States.”—Library Journal
Anthea Butler is associate professor of religion at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World. A leading historian and public commentator on religion and politics, Butler has appeared on networks including CNN, BBC, and MSNBC and has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other media outlets.