A professor at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, John Fea, has focused much of his scholarly research on American Christianity and the ways in which it has shaped our national identity. He also is a self-identified evangelical, with a deep empathy for evangelical concerns about cultural change. Fea is known as a historian, not a politician, a preacher or a cultural critic.
Then along came Donald Trump.
While his latest book, “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump,” explores the historical landscape that made the ascendancy of the 45th president possible, it also ventures beyond a purely historical assessment into a critical assessment of the culture among conservative evangelicals. They believed in a Christian America and saw it under siege. The overwhelming majority would end up voting for a would-be strongman (no matter his lack of evangelical credentials) who could not only fight the culture wars, but help evangelicals win them and preserve their place — a place they were petrified they were losing.
Read the interview here.