Tuesday Conversations, Episode 3 (Video): White Evangelical Racism, with Anthea Butler

A Conversation with Dr. Anthea Butler, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

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I’m proud to post this week a wide-ranging conversation between me and Dr. Anthea Butler, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, centered around her latest book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America.

White Evangelical Racism is an accessible, must-read book for anyone curious, perplexed, or horrified about how white evangelicalism finds itself where it is today. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:

In this vigorous volume, Butler forcefully argues that racism is ‘a feature, not a bug, of American evangelicalism.’ [She shows] how evangelicals' contemporary embrace of right-wing politics is rooted in its centuries-long problem with race. This scathing takedown of evangelicalism's 'racism problem' will challenge evangelicals to confront and reject racism within church communities.

This conversation was co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Department at University of Pennsylvania and PRRI. We were honored to have Dr. Michelle Margolis, Associate Professor of Political Science and author of From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity, serving as moderator. It was recorded in March just after Dr. Butler’s book was released (you’ll hear a reference to that in the introduction), but the themes we cover remain strongly relevant for today. Enjoy!

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