Monday, Sep 20, 2021 5:00p -
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CAMBRIDGE FORUM invites you to take part in a stimulating, free discussion with author and historian, Kristin Du Mez talking about her latest unexpected NYT best-seller, which looks at how the evangelical church is failing many mainstream Christian Americans.
"JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE: HOW WHITE EVANGELICALS CORRUPTED A FAITH AND FRACTURED A NATION". The event will take place on Zoom on Monday September 20 at
5 pm ET and registration is required. Here is the link to sign up.
Hollywood’s strong men icon, portrayed by actors like John Wayne and Mel Gibson, have coopted core biblical teachings such as loving one’s neighbors and enemies, and added a militant battle cry. Mainstream evangelical leaders preach a “mutually reinforcing vision of Christian masculinity – of patriarchy and submission, sex and power.” Du Mez argues this movement culminated in the hero worship of Donald Trump, who embodies the ideal of militant masculinity, protector and warrior.
Du Mez examines the disconnect between purported Christian ethics and the rise of sexual abuse, corruption and scandal within the evangelical church. She argues that the current brand of Christian nationalism which has come to dominate national politics and family values in recent times, is “more John Wayne than Jesus”.
This talk is part of the Cambridge Forum's THE SEARCH FOR MEANING, a 3 part series looking at the benefits and failures of organized religion in the US.