Lecture Description

This talk focuses on the rise of a colorful and charismatic group of radical Protestants and their impact on American politics across the early 20th century. Sutton explores how this group felt the United States was besieged by Satanic forces—like secularism, family breakdown and government encroachment—and took to the pulpit and airwaves to explain how prophecies of Biblical end times and an imminent apocalypse made sense of a ravaged modern world. By the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and conservative Republicans appropriated these evangelical ideas, challenging the pragmatic tradition of governance through compromise and consensus. In the 2016 election, no group supported President Trump more enthusiastically than white evangelicals. Sutton’s talk helps explain why.


Politics Religion

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