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The Politics of Evangelical Identity: Local Churches and Partisan Divides in the United States and Canada

Lydia Bean


It is now a common refrain among liberals that Christian Right pastors and television pundits have hijacked evangelical Christianity for partisan gain. This book challenges this notion, arguing that the hijacking metaphor paints a fundamentally distorted picture of how evangelical churches have become politicized. The book reveals how the powerful coalition between evangelicals and the Republican Party is not merely a creation of political elites who have framed conservative issues in religious language, but is anchored in the lives of local congregations. Drawing on research at evangelical ch ... More

Keywords: Christian Right, pastors, television pundits, evangelical Christianity, Canadian evangelicals, coalition, Republican Party, American evangelicals, political conservatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161303
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lydia Bean, author
Baylor University