The End of White Christian America

The End of White Christian America

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Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, spells out the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality--that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. "Quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year" ( The New York Times Book Review ).

For most of our nation's history, White Christian America (WCA) set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But especially since the 1990s, WCA has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches. Today, America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white, Christian nation.

Drawing on more than four decades of polling data, The End of White Christian America explains and analyzes the waning vitality of WCA. Robert P. Jones argues that the visceral nature of today's most heated issues--the vociferous arguments around same-sex marriage and religious and sexual liberty, the rise of the Tea Party following the election of our first black president, and stark disagreements between black and white Americans over the fairness of the criminal justice system--can only be understood against the backdrop of white Christians' anxieties as America's racial and religious topography shifts around them.

Beyond 2016, the descendants of WCA will lack the political power they once had to set the terms of the nation's debate over values and morals and to determine election outcomes. Looking ahead, Jones forecasts the ways that they might adjust to find their place in the new America--and the consequences for us all if they don't. "Jones's analysis is an insightful combination of history, sociology, religious studies, and political science....This book will be of interest to a wide range of readers across the political spectrum" ( Library Journal ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501122293
1501122290
9781501122330
Characteristics: vii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: 200.973 JON

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AL_ANNA Sep 13, 2016

If you like me thought that Church and State are separate in the USA then you might want to read this. Jones explains what White Christian America (WCA) is, and its political influence past and present. He uses graphs and charts generated from data collected by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) to explain the history and present situation of WCA and then uses changing demographics of the USA to project its future in visual form. If you listen to the audio book be sure to download the .PDFs.

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