NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The “paradigm-influencing” book (Christianity Today) that is fundamentally transforming our understanding of white evangelicalism in America.
Author: Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The “paradigm-influencing” book (Christianity Today) that is fundamentally transforming our understanding of white evangelicalism in America. Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, revealing how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism—or in the words of one modern chaplain, with “a spiritual badass.” As acclaimed scholar Kristin Du Mez explains, the key to understanding this transformation is to recognize the centrality of popular culture in contemporary American evangelicalism. Many of today’s evangelicals might not be theologically astute, but they know their VeggieTales, they’ve read John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart, and they learned about purity before they learned about sex—and they have a silver ring to prove it. Evangelical books, films, music, clothing, and merchandise shape the beliefs of millions. And evangelical culture is teeming with muscular heroes—mythical warriors and rugged soldiers, men like Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Mel Gibson, and the Duck Dynasty clan, who assert white masculine power in defense of “Christian America.” Chief among these evangelical legends is John Wayne, an icon of a lost time when men were uncowed by political correctness, unafraid to tell it like it was, and did what needed to be done. Challenging the commonly held assumption that the “moral majority” backed Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020 for purely pragmatic reasons, Du Mez reveals that Trump in fact represented the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values: patriarchy, authoritarian rule, aggressive foreign policy, fear of Islam, ambivalence toward #MeToo, and opposition to Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community. A much-needed reexamination of perhaps the most influential subculture in this country, Jesus and John Wayne shows that, far from adhering to biblical principles, modern white evangelicals have remade their faith, with enduring consequences for all Americans.
This is a story at once simple and complex, and you will find yourself laughing on one page and tearing up on the next.
Author: Richard G. Britz
Publisher: Xulon Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Are you a terrorist? the officer asked me in broken French/ English through the big smile on his face. I smirked and answered back, I have been accused of that. The smile left his face, and I figured out pronto that my Texas sense of humor was not appreciated, and an African prison could be in my future. This is a story at once simple and complex, and you will find yourself laughing on one page and tearing up on the next. In the alien landscape of west central Africa as a "paramedic"- a wildly limiting title- Britz finds beauty, hope and lessons of love, faith and making a difference. Have a Good Day for Jesus and John Wayne is equally an adventure story, a drama, a black comedy, a comedy comedy and a testimony, and does not allow itself to be returned to its shelf until the reading is done. Again and again and again, the message of God s ever-presence, gentle caring and eagerness to be called on radiates from diverse situations. Richard G. Britz is the quintessential action/ adventure guy. Having a good day for Jesus and John Wayne truly sums up the way he lives. He can be found wandering between Texas and Africa on a regular basis working & practicing his unique style of full contact evangelism. Whether he is at work as a medic, a teacher or a hand, saving souls, fighting death, stamping out disease or building a fence his passion & God s calling on him shines through. He is married with three daughters, two dogs, and calls the hill country of Texas home.
This book is about men, manhood, and masculinity. It is not intended to be slight to women. Today, masculinity takes a bad rap. Forces proven successful in destroying the family are now marshaling against the foundations of manhood. My purpose is to draw men back to a traditional, biblical understanding of their role as protector, provider, and patriarch of the home in obedience to Paul's command to, "Act like men, [and] be strong," (1st Corinthians 16:13). Examples of how far we have fallen from the traditional model are taken from the historical record and also seen through the lens of movies and television. Abundant biblical illustrations along with personal lifetime experiences are used in testimony. As the American population continues to urbanize, this message is both to the culture and to the church that seems intent on identifying with it. My hope is that both will examine where they were, where they are, and where they should be, and make necessary course corrections before the inevitable shipwreck. This book is a clarion call, a tocsin, that, if heard, will help bring renewal to this great land before it is completely lost to the religion of secularism.
In direct response to the first criticism above, another viewer writes, “there is no connection. seriously before people comment they need to listen to the words first. they are not comparing jesus and john wayne. they are saying that ...
Author: Ryan P. Harper
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
In The Gaithers and Southern Gospel, Ryan P. Harper examines songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither's Homecoming video and concert series--a gospel music franchise that, since its beginning in 1991, has outperformed all Christian and much secular popular music on the American music market. The Homecomings represent "southern gospel." Typically that means a musical style popular among white evangelical Christians in the American South and Midwest, and it sometimes overlaps in style, theme, and audience with country music. The Homecomings' nostalgic orientation--their celebration of "traditional" kinds of American Christian life--harmonize well with southern gospel music, past and present. But amidst the backward gazes, the Homecomings also portend and manifest change. The Gaithers' deliberate racial integration of their stages, their careful articulation of a relatively inclusive evangelical theology, and their experiments with an array of musical forms demonstrate that the Homecoming is neither simplistically nostalgic, nor solely "southern." Harper reveals how the Gaithers negotiate a tension between traditional and changing community norms as they seek simultaneously to maintain and expand their audience as well as to initiate and respond to shifts within their fan base. Pulling from his field work at Homecoming concerts, behind the scenes with the Gaithers, and with numerous Homecoming fans, Harper reveals the Homecoming world to be a dynamic, complicated constellation in the formation of American religious identity.
Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, . . Time, “e Most Inuential Evangelicals.” . See Sharlet, “Soldiers of Christ.” . Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, . . Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, . . Haggard, “Presidential Message.” . Ellul, Apocalypse, .
Author: Richard Stivers
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Religion in American Today describes how sacred powers and secular religions have overtaken and infiltrated Christianity. Secular religion is now dominant in America: It assumes the forms of personal religion and political religion. Christianity makes its living within the confines of these secular religions. The point of the book is to identify the idolatry in what now passes for Christianity. Technology and the political state are socially constructed as sacred powers. As such they are idols. In its slumber Christianity embraces technology and the political state to the point of becoming subordinate to them. Concurrently technology and the political state give rise to the dominant secular religions. Personal religion acts as a consumer service, a psychological technique, to acquire health and happiness in this life. Political religion is a consequence of politics replacing religion in the quest for collective meaning in a technological society. Political movements become religious revivals and political parties, churches. This book is an attempt to awaken Christians to the idols that beckon.
Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (New York: Liveright/Norton, 2020). 54. Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, 31–32. 55. Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, 21–22. 56.
Author: Patricia A. DeYoung
A masterful synthesis of relational and attachment theory, neurobiology, and contemporary psychoanalysis, Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame has been internationally recognized as an essential text on shame. Integrating new theory about trauma, shame resilience, and self-compassion, this second edition further clarifies the relational, right-brain essence of being in and with the suffering of shame. New chapters carry theory further into praxis. In the time of a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a global Black Lives Matter movement, "Societies of Chronic Shame" invites therapists to deepen their awareness of collective societal trauma and of their own place within dissociated societal shame. "Three Faces of Shame" organizes the clinical wisdom of the book into clear guidelines for differential diagnosis and treatment. Lucid and compassionate, this book engages with the most profound challenges of clinical practice and touches into the depths of being human.
Bible is a continuous narrative of sacrifice , culminating for Christians in the crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary . Although John Books is not an allegorical type of Jesus , Samson , Oedipus , or Pentheus , he moves through a mythic plot ...
Author: Richard D. McGhee
Category: Performing Arts
After the death of Marion Morrison, known as John Wayne, in 1979, President Jimmy Carter said that Wayne "was bigger than life. In an age of few heroes, he was the genuine article. But he was more than a hero; he was a symbol of many of the qualities that made America great." The first section of this study concentrates on Wayne's style of work and sphere of action as an actor: The man who works for a living and is concerned with his audience and the constraints of his immediate environment. The second section examines the artist: the man who lives in his art, who disappears into his character as an archetype of human fears and desires. Analyses of films that have made Wayne a hero are presented in the third section. A comprehensive filmography and numerous photographs are included.
3 Why We're Polarized by Ezra Kline; p, 32, Avid Reader Press, 2020 4 Ibid, P.38 5 Ibid, P.96 6 Jesus and John Wayne, How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristen Kobes Du Mez ; P. 255, Liveright Publishing ...
Author: Jerry Aveta
Publisher: WestBow Press
This book describes the author’s experiences in the evangelical community of faith over a span of 30 years that have led to his views on faith; how we experience it and the result of faith’s work in our lives. “The Evidence of Things Unseen - Faith Revealed in a Family, a Community and a Nation” describes the evidence of faith first initiated in the family experience, then developed in the faith communities. The text illustrates how faith developed in evangelical communities will result in a certain view of our nation and its governance. This leads to the paradox that these views often conflict with biblical principles taught by those communities. The concluding section of this book suggests a reason for this conflict and a proposed remedy. The urgency of this publication is in its relevance to our current times with regard to how people of faith vote, how they react to political events and ultimately how they view the function of our government including the interpretation of our constitution. This book contains a unique message that is relevant for this unique time in our nation. Filled with touching anecdotes from the ministry, the classroom and the workplace it is a fast read that will move your heart and give you a new perspective on faith.
Hendershot, Shaking the World for Jesus, 3. 124. Hadden, “Rise and Fall of American ... 131. Vaca, Evangelicals Incorporated, 3–4. 132. Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, 8. 133. Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, 204. 134. Du Mez, Jesus ...
Author: Li Ma
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Assisted by a diverse mass media industry, American evangelicalism has been long plagued by consumerism, entrepreneurism, and social engineering. Churches and movements that carry the name of Christ have become projects of ambition and scandals in the public eye. Without fixing its dysfunctions, these ministry models have expanded to other parts of the world, reaping similar fruits of corruption, prejudice, and abuses. The alarm call of #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements since 2017 made it more urgent for the global body of Christ to inspect its pathological patterns. What kind of response does the #MeToo movement require of our public theology and leadership ethics? Sociologist Li Ma invites us to re-engage with biblical exegesis while being attentive to new mandates of God revealed from #MeToo. A creative Ellulian integration of sociological analysis and theology, Babel Church incisively reveals why American evangelicalism and its global projects have succumbed to the temptations of worldly power at the expense of vulnerable members in the body of Christ.
Calvin University historian Kristin Kobes DuMez says in Jesus and John Wayne that evangelicalism has been “inextricably linked to a staunch to patriarchal authority, gender difference, and Christian nationalism, and all of these ...
Author: Justin R. Phillips
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
White evangelicals have struggled to understand or enter into modern conversations on race and racism, because their inherited and imagined world has not prepared them for this moment. American Southerners, in particular, carry additional obstacles to such conversations, because their regional identity is woven together with the values and histories of white evangelicalism. In Know Your Place, Justin Phillips examines the three community loyalties (white, southern, and evangelical) that shaped his racial imagination. Phillips examines how each community creates blind spots that overlap with the others, insulating the individual from alternative narratives, making it difficult to conceive of a world different than the dominant white evangelical world of the South. When their world is challenged or rejected outright, it can feel like nothing short of the end of the world. Blending together personal experiences with ethics and pastoral sensibilities, Phillips traces for white, southern evangelicals a line running from the past through the present, to help his beloved communities see how their loyalties—their stories, histories, and beliefs—have harmed their neighbors. In order to truly love, repair, and reconcile brokenness, you first have to know your place.
Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (New York: W. W. Norton, 2020), 3. 42. Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, 4. 43. See for example Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne, ...
Author: Thomas J. Millay
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Kierkegaard and the New Nationalism argues for the relevance of Kierkegaard's "attack upon Christendom" within our current situation of resurgent nationalism. Kierkegaard's ascetic voice calls his readers not simply to critique nationalism, but to renounce it, thereby striking at nationalism's self-assertive core.
John Wayne personified the World War II spirit in the postwar era, becoming a symbol of American military success. ... One veteran put it succinctly after returning home: “I believed in Jesus Christ and John Wayne before I went to ...
Author: Alexander Bloom
Publisher: Oxford University Press
With remarkable speed, the Sixties have gone from lived history to mythology. They remain alive in our culture in a manner different from any previous era. At the dawn of a new century, we are still debating the issues that emerged during that decade, still living in the conscious aftermath of its events and transformations. This collection looks back at the Sixties, attempting to understand the issues of the day on their own terms and to think about their meanings in today's world. Alexander Bloom has gathered ten original essays, each of which explores the gulf between history and myth regarding a central characteristic of the Sixties. Topics covered include civil rights, the student movement and the New Left, the Vietnam War, the antiwar movement, gay rights, the counterculture, and the women's movement. Long Time Gone dispels myths about the Sixties and constructs an accurate vision of the past and an understanding of its impact on the modern world. It is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking deeper knowledge of this incredible decade and its continuing influence on American culture.
See First Fruits Harvesters Association Hastings, Thomas, 57 Hayes, John H., 53 Hayford, Jack, 21 healing, 127, 213, ... 125–26 Jesus Christ Superstar, 123 Jesus and John Wayne (Du Mez), 3 “Jesus Loves Me,” 67–68 Jesus People movement ...
Author: Melanie C. Ross
Publisher: Oxford University Press
"Almost invariably, media stories with the word evangelical in their headlines are accompanied by a familiar stock photo: a mass of middle-class worshippers with eyes closed, faces tilted upward, and hands raised to the sky. Yet, despite the fact that worship has become symbolic of evangelicalism's identity in the twenty-first century, it remains an understudied locus of academic inquiry. Historians of American evangelicalism tend to define the movement by its political entanglements (the "rise of the religious Right"), and academic trajectories (the formation of the "evangelical mind"), not its ecclesial practices. Theological scholars frequently dismiss evangelical worship as a reiteration of nineteenth-century revivalism or a derivative imitation of secular entertainment (three Christian rock songs and a spiritual TED talk). But by failing to engage this worship seriously, we miss vital insights into a form of Protestantism that exerts widespread influence in the United States and around the world. Evangelical Worship: An American Mosaic models a new way forward. Drawing together insights from American religious history and liturgical studies, and putting both in conversation with ethnographic fieldwork in seven congregations, this book argues that corporate worship is not a peripheral "extra" tacked on to a fully-formed spiritual/political/cultural movement, but rather the crucible through which congregations forge and negotiate the contours of evangelicalism's contested theological identity"--
Driver, Tom F. Christ in a Changing World: Toward an Ethical Christology. New York: Crossroad, . ———. Patterns of Grace: Human Experience as Word of God. San Francisco: Harper & Row, . Du Mez, Kristin Kobes. Jesus and John Wayne: How ...
Author: Carter Heyward
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Early one morning in November 2019, Carter Heyward awoke to a voice she figured was hers, but then again, maybe it wasn't exactly her own. Grief-stricken, because her horse Feather had just been diagnosed with a rare equine cancer; in pain with a freshly broken arm of her own; and horrified by the morally bankrupt state of the nation under Donald Trump, Carter begins a conversation with "someone." Herself? Her higher power? Friends who have passed on? The persistent voice names herself (or themselves) "Christepona." Thus begins Carter Heyward's mystical presentation of her ever-deepening passion for justice-love at every level of our life together, from the very personal to the larger social and political contexts. Moving into her grief, Carter wrestles with the problem of evil. She dives into her own anger and hatred, and that of others, and surfaces in enthusiastic bursts of gratitude, joy, and hope.
In this first stanza, he saturates the imagery in dreams of a better place to be than the one presented to the narrator. For instance, Muldoon's choice of Jesus and John Wayne as central figures is a powerful lead-in: a man who ...
Author: James Campion
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Book). Warren Zevon songs are like chapters in a great American novel. Its story lies in the heart of his and our psyche. The lines are blurred. We never seem to know if we are looking in a mirror or peering through a window; we only know that when we listen we see something . The music sets the scene his voice a striking baritone, its narrator our guide through a labyrinth of harrowing narratives. The plot unfolds without subtlety; each musical and lyrical arc awakens imagination. In Accidentally Like a Martyr: The Tortured Art of Warren Zevon , music journalist James Campion presents 13 essays on seminal Zevon songs and albums that provide context to the themes, inspirations, and influence of one of America's most literate songwriters. In-depth interviews with Zevon's friends and colleagues provide first-person accounts of how the music was lived, composed, recorded, and performed. Longtime fans of this most uniquely tortured artist, as well as those who want to discover his work for the first time, will get inside the mind, talent, and legacy of the wildly passionate Excitable Boy.
Does God want us to ignore one-fourth of the New Testament? No! As the book Finally Home explains, taking a literal interpretation of Scripture clears up virtually all of the controversy.
Author: John Wayne Gaylord
Publisher: WestBow Press
Do you want to know what the future holds? Not from a “fortune teller” standpoint, but as to what God says is coming down the pike whether we like it or not. His predictions are 100% accurate, 100% of the time. Why do we seldom hear sermons from the Book of Revelation? Because most preachers and teachers prefer to avoid controversy. And, since there are a number of interpretations, they say it is best to ignore them all. But think about this- one-fourth of the New Testament is composed of prophecy! Does God want us to ignore one-fourth of the New Testament? No! As the book Finally Home explains, taking a literal interpretation of Scripture clears up virtually all of the controversy. In other words, God knows how to communicate and He lays out clearly His master plan for the end of the age. For unbelievers many of the scenes are painful, but for the Christian you are missing out if you are not looking for the outstanding times that await you! Finally Home tells you what to expect in the end times. It shows you the big picture so that, as world politics change, you will not be taken unawares. It will give you the encouragement to stand firm as the world continues to grow dark, knowing that your faithfulness and perseverance will deliver you --Finally Home!
Thank Christ, he thought of me kicking that steak out of the guy's hand. And then he was going to cut out the scene at the end, of me coming back to Stewart and saying, 'Get in there, you sonofabitch.' He said, 'The scene isn't ...
Author: Scott Eyman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The celebrated Hollywood icon comes fully to life in this complex portrait by noted film historian and master biographer Scott Eyman. Exploring Wayne's early life with a difficult mother and a feckless father, "Eyman gets at the details that the bean-counters and myth-spinners miss ... Wayne's intimates have told things here that they've never told anyone else" (Los Angeles Times). Eyman makes startling connections to Wayne's later days as an anti-Communist conservative, his stormy marriages to Latina women, and his notorious--and surprisingly long-lived--passionate affair with Marlene Dietrich.
Jon Harris. 3 4 5 new evangelical engagement in public life and fueled actions that were already underway. ... Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (2020) by Kristin Kobes Du Mez.
Author: Jon Harris
Publisher: Ambassador International
Category: Political Science
"The infusion of social justice into the gospel may well be the most dangerous problem facing the church today. Yet, it is going unnoticed in far too many circles. Social Justice Goes to Church can serve as a wake-up call." —Samuel C. Smith, Ph.D. Chair and Graduate Program Director, Department of History, Liberty University In order to understand why so many evangelicals recently support left-leaning political causes, it is important to know a little history. In the 1970s, many campus radicals raised in Christian homes brought neo-Marxist ideas from college back to church with them. At first, figures like Jim Wallis, Ron Sider, and Richard Mouw made great gains for their progressive evangelical cause. But, after the defeat of Jimmy Carter, the religious right stole the headlines. Today, a new crop of mainstream evangelicals has taken up the cause of the New Left, whether they know it or not. As pro-life evangelicals rush to support movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, it is important to realize they are walking in footprints already laid down. Their mission may be more successful, but it is not new. To understand where the evangelical social justice movement is heading, it is vital to understand the origins of the movement. Social Justice Goes to Church: The New Left in Modern American Evangelicalism answers, from a historical perspective, the vital question, "Why are American evangelicals moving Left?" “The great injunction to the Church was to preach the Gospel to the world, while not being of the world. Social justice neatly reverses this trend, preaching the ways of the world into the church. That is not its only critical reversal. The Gospel is about freedom from guilt and sin and bondage. Social justice seeks above all to apportion guilt and sin and bondage, enslaving entire demographics and requiring that they kneel before man in attrition. How important that a book of this nature should enter the fray right now. I applaud Mr. Harris for his excellent work in providing the practical means of identifying and repelling this fraudulent force, this ideological interloper, this dangerous false teaching.” —Douglas Kruger Author of Political Correctness Does More Harm Than Good: How to Identify, Debunk, and Dismantle Dangerous Ideas