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As evangelism wanes, what’s next for political evangelists?




A photo from one of Billy Graham’s first crusades in Los Angeles on September 25, 1949.
A photo from one of Billy Graham’s first crusades in Los Angeles on September 25, 1949.
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Led by charismatic figureheads like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and James Dobson, evangelical Christians dominated conservative politics for decades.

But as political influence of evangelicals has waned and more Americans are moving away from organized religion, the world of evangelical politics has become a much more complicated place. It’s this complex world that Pulitzer Prize winner Frances FitzGerald dives into in her new book, “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America.”

From America’s Puritan founders to the religious schisms created by the Civil War, FitzGerald tracks the multifaceted history of politicized Christianity in America to contextualize the identity crisis which evangelicals face today.

Guest:

Frances FitzGerald, journalist and author of a number of books, including her latest, “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America” (Simon & Schuster, 2017)