Aug 31, 2020 • 1HR 7M

Episode 2: Jesus and John Wayne with Kristin Kobes Du Mez

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Blake Chastain
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My guest this week is Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of the new book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (, Amazon). Her book examines the role that cultural ideals of evangelical masculinity have been influenced more by John Wayne than by Jesus of Nazareth. If you've spent time in white evangelical circles, much of this will ring true; if you wonder why evangelicals are drawn to "strong men" like Donald Trump, her work will help explain why.

By tracking the development of "masculinity" through 20th & 21st century popular evangelical culture, Du Mez helps us understand our present moment better.

You can learn more about Kristin Kobes Du Mez's work on her website, and be sure to follow her on Twitter.

Follow Blake on Twitter @brchastain and on Instagram @brchastain_.

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