This is a Scarlet Speaker lecture, arranged by SAS Alumni Relations & Engagement. Please click here to visit the event page and to register.
When a fur-clad, horned-helmeted rioter led a Christian prayer on the floor of the United States Senate Chamber on January 6, 2021, most American Christians were as appalled as their non-Christian compatriots. How could this happen? As we have for a few decades, scholars who study religion in America faced a barrage of questions about the history and nature of the Christianity such rioters espoused. Obviously no single presentation is going to answer those questions, but this one will attempt to shed some light on how White Evangelical Christians who envision America as a sacred nation adhering to a Christian moral code came to support the presidency and re-election of a man who claimed never to have felt the need to ask God for forgiveness.