Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), challenges us to grasp the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality - that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation.
For most of our nation's history, white Christian America (WCA) - the cultural and political edifice built primarily by white Protestant Christians - set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But especially since the 1990s, WCA has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches. Today America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white Christian nation.
Drawing on more than four decades of polling data, The End of White Christian America explains and analyzes the waning vitality of WCA. Jones argues that the visceral nature of today's most heated issues - the vociferous arguments around same-sex marriage and religious liberty, the rise of the Tea Party following the election of our first black president, and stark disagreements between black and white Americans over the fairness of the criminal justice system - can only be understood against the backdrop of white Christians' anxieties as America's racial and religious topography shifts around them.
In 2016 and beyond, the descendants of WCA will lack the political power they once had to set the terms of the nation's debate over values and morals and to determine election outcomes. Looking ahead, Jones forecasts the ways that they might adjust to find their place in the new America - and the consequences for us all if they don't.
©2016 Robert P. Jones (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
This book starts with the fact that whites and especially those who identify as white Christians are rapidly loosing their majority status in the United States. A fact that is difficult or impossible to refute no matter how hard some people try to do so. He then lays out the historical path that led us to this point. And along that path he points out key events, movements or moments in time where white Christians shot themselves in the foot by digging into an untenable position or took actions that in the long run, will simply make this transition more difficult for everyone, especially themselves. Throughout the book he relays quotes and comments by people with supposed Christian values that are, frankly, disturbingly bigoted at best, appallingly bigoted at worst and quite frankly, make me embarrassed for those who said them and for the race that we share.
So, no new facts, but some fresh antidotes I had not read before and a very interesting discussion. I recommend this book for those who like to understand "how we got here."
Great recent history especially last 40 years of religion's role in politics and how we view our country. Very thought provoking, especially on the question of where to we go from here.
there was too much discussion about the internal politics of the Evangelical right. What the title of the book promised was a placement of Christianity with in America in total. only the first chapter addressed that aim.
A very well written and thoughtful analysis of the demise of the political influence of traditional "white Christianity" and it's current forms of the religious right.
This book answered for me so much of what the Tea Party is all about. And of the 2016 Trump phenomena.
This was the worst listening experience I hope I ever have. I want to punch the Narrator in his stupid face. He added exaggeration often and offensively. He raised the pitch of his voice for quotes from women, made Obama sound like a monkey, and sneered like Rush Limbaugh at every turn.
The book itself was not terrible, but most of its contents can be found in other books, written better. The content is very well researched, but poorly presented. If you just want good research, this book is acceptable.
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