Check out Emily McFarlan Miller’s Religion News Service piece on our recent visits to Chicago. Metaxas was at Judson University, a Christian college in Elgin. I was at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore at the University of Chicago.
Here is a taste of Miller’s piece:
Historian John Fea is skeptical of Metaxas’ views on American history and his support of the current administration.
A couple of days before Metaxas spoke at Judson, Fea was in Chicago to talk about his new book, “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump,” during a taping of the “Things Not Seen” podcast Monday at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on the University of Chicago campus.
Though he teaches American history at Messiah College, an evangelical school, he rejects the idea, popularized by evangelical writers such as Metaxas and David Barton, that America was founded as a Christian nation. Countering that claim is a difficult task. But, he said, it’s important for evangelical Christians to see a different view of early American history from a fellow evangelical.
“Because, you know, frankly, Barton and Metaxas especially are much more popular than people like me who are trying to push back,” he said.