John Fea is a professor of history and chair of the history department at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. A scholar of early American history and American religious history, he is the author of several books, most notably Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction (2011), which was one of three finalists for the George Washington Book Prize. He is also the author of the award-winning The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America (2009). His most recent book is Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past (2013). His work has appeared in publications as wide-ranging as the Journal of American History and the Washington Post. He lectures at colleges and universities, historical societies, and religious organizations and blogs daily at www.philipvickersfithian.com.
Over 80% of American evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. What does this tell us about the current state of American evangelicalism? This lecture will explore the history of the evangelical movement since World War 2 and its close connection to the Republican Party. It will focus on how many conservative evangelicals, some of whom supported Trump, use the past to promote their political ideas.