The End of White Christian America
Robert P. Jones
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: July 12, 2016
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Non-Fiction Political | Non-Fiction Religion
Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research
Institute (PRRI), challenges us to grasp the profound
political and cultural consequences of a new realityâ€”that
America is no longer a majority white Christian nation.
For most of our nationâ€™s history, White Christian America
(WCA)â€”the cultural and political edifice built primarily by
white Protestant Christiansâ€”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. Jones argues that the visceral nature of
todayâ€™s most heated issuesâ€”the vociferous arguments around
same-sex marriage and religious 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 systemâ€”can only be
understood against the backdrop of white Christiansâ€™
anxieties as Americaâ€™s racial and religious topography
shifts around them.
In 2016 and beyond, the descendants of WCA will lack the
political power they once had to set the terms of the
nationâ€™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
Americaâ€”and the consequences for us all if they donâ€™t.
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