What Is the Future of the Evangelical-Republican Coalition?

Paula White

Pastor Paula White delivers the benediction at the close of the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Source: Religion & Politics


It’s now been two years since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, lifted to that office by white evangelical voters, and the debriefing continues. The recent midterm elections showed Republican support among white evangelicals remains steadfast, and polling proved that a large majority of white evangelicals still support the president. Articles and books purporting to explain the mystery of evangelical Trump support continue to roll off the presses, analyzing the situation from disparate angles. Some offer religious explanations, others political. This fall, a new essay collection, The Evangelical Crackup? The Future of the Evangelical-Republican Coalition, marshals the combined energy of more than two dozen political scientists to try and clarify the matter.

Paul A. Djupe is associate professor of political science at Denison University. He is the current editor of Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics, a new book series from Temple University Press. With Ryan L. Claassen, he is co-editor of The Evangelical Crackup?the first release in that series. Eric C. Miller spoke with Djupe about the book recently by phone.

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