- Trump attracts authoritarians, and evangelicals are authoritarian by training.
- Evangelicals aren’t really interested in morality, they’re interest in power.
- Evangelicals aren’t really interested in truth, they’re interested in power.
- Evangelicals are intensely individualistic.
- Evangelicalism is “prosperity gospel-lite.”
- Evangelicalism haven’t come to terms with their own racism.
- The Jesus of evangelicalism is not exactly the Jesus of the Gospels.
- Evangelicals are anxious about their mortality–like everyone else.
Read how Roberts unpacks these points here.
What if we thought historically about these points:
- Evangelicalism has always gravitated to strong, authoritarian leaders, although in the past two generations they have gravitated toward political authoritarian leaders like never before.
- Historically, I am not sure there is such a clear distinction between the evangelical pursuit of morality and the evangelical pursuit of power. Evangelicalism has tried to maintain cultural power to promote their moral view of America since the time of the founding. This was a driving theme of my book The Bible Cause.
- Historically, evangelicals have always been interested in truth. This, of course, does not mean that they have not also been interested in power.
- Evangelicals have always been individualistic.
- Have evangelicals always been “prosperity gospel-lite?” I think you can make a historical case that this has been true, to one degree or another, for American middle-class evangelicals.
- Evangelicals and racism have gone hand-in-hand in American history. But evangelicalism has also provided theological resources to end slavery and other forms of racism. We will find a lot of darkness in the history of American evangelicalism, but we will also find a lot of light.
- Yes–evangelicals have always been anxious about their mortality.