David P. Gushee, "Defending Democracy from Its Christian Enemies" (William B. Eerdmans, 2023)


Why do some devout Christians support authoritarian leaders who threaten the very democracies that protect religious freedoms?

The resounding support from evangelical and conservative Christians for strident culture hawks like Donald Trump and other far right leaders may appear surprising, but exist within a long and broad history that spans continents and centuries.

Surveying global politics and modern history, David P. Gushee calls on Christians to preserve democratic norms, including constitutional government, the rule of law, and equal rights for all. He analyzes how Christians have repeatedly put aside their commitment to the teachings of Jesus from the Gospels when they are tempted by authoritarian and reactionary leaders who promise a return to mythical greatness defined by family values, natural order, and cultural superiority.

In Defending Democracy from Its Christian Enemies (William B. Eerdmans, 2023), he urges Christians to resist this urge by reviving the hard-won traditions of congregational democracy as fought for by American Baptist and Black Christian leaders.

Rev. Prof. Dr. David P. Gushee (PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York) is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, and Chair of Christian Social Ethics at Vrije Universiteit (“Free University”) Amsterdam, and Senior Research Fellow, International Baptist Theological Study Centre.

Recommended reading:

Hidden Roots of White Supremacy by Robert Jones

Coming soon from David Gushee:

The Moral Teachings of Jesus (Cascade 2024)

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