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A reader from Tennessee (a history professor) writes:
As the essay notes, the 76% of evangelicals supporting the EO closely correlates to the 81% who voted for Trump. I won’t pretend to be a sociologist, but with most social movements that’s pretty close to speaking with “one voice.” Which raises these questions about these leaders: do they have followers? And are they themselves meaningfully evangelical by anything other than a narrow theological definition?
Do these evangelical leaders have followers? Of course they do. And their following is very large. But if I have learned anything from scholars who study popular religion in America, there is not necessarily a one-to-one correlation between what a religious leader says on a given issue and the way followers appropriate the message. If history is a guide, the most ardent follower of a popular religious leader does not necessary follow him/her on EVERYTHING.