Was there an enthusiasm gap? Examining support for Donald Trump among evangelicals and nonevangelicals
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by Paul A. Djupe
2w ago
By Paul A. Djupe, Denison University The cycle has started again and, indeed, has come full circle. By the time Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins sat down for an interview with Politico in 2018, he knew about Stormy Daniels and the payoff, the Access Hollywood tape, and more and, yet, he gave Trump a “mulligan.” But he went further. When asked to affirm Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount, he cast them aside for Trump: “You know, you only have two cheeks. Look, Christianity is not all about being a welcome mat which people can just stomp their feet on.” So, it’s no surpr ..read more
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Open Call: PRRI Public Fellowship Program 2024-2025
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by Paul A. Djupe
1M ago
The PRRI Public Fellows program, founded in 2017, promotes and supports interdisciplinary public scholarship through a cohort of emerging scholar-leaders from across the social sciences, humanistic social sciences, and the humanities. The program expanded in the academic year 2021-2022 as part of PRRI’s Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative with support from the Mellon Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation. For the 2024-2025 fellowship year, the program will include 15 diverse scholars working across the five major areas of PRRI’s work, including (1) religious, racial, a ..read more
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Neutralizing Politics in the Sacred Space
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by Paul A. Djupe
1M ago
By Danielle Lussier (Grinnell College) and Mohammed Iqbal Ahnaf (University of Gadjah Mada) [Image note: Syuhada Mosque, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, author photograph] In contrast to popular assumptions that mosques are a space where religious values become politically mobilized in Muslim-majority contexts, our research newly published open access in Politics & Religion finds that religious leaders in Indonesia are not a driving force for the politicization of religion. Rather, they largely seek to keep worship spaces politically neutral. Worship Spaces and Electoral Mobilization In Indonesia ..read more
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Belief in the 7 Mountain Mandate Appears to be Growing in the Last Year
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by Paul A. Djupe
1M ago
By Paul A. Djupe, Denison University This week the seven mountain mandate (7MM) was in the news as New Apostolic Reformation apostle Lance Wallnau is warming up Project 19 – an attempt to mobilize Christians to swing some key urban counties for Trump in 2024. Project 19 is the front lines of “the battle for the mountain of government.” It coincides with the “Courage Tour,” Wallnau’s current road show, which together probably best describes how the latest incarnation of the Christian Right engages in political campaigning. Though it has older roots, the 7MM is Wallnau’s creation, articulated in ..read more
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How Christianity’s Decline Impacts White Christians’ Emotional and Attitudinal Response
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by Paul A. Djupe
1M ago
By Brooklyn Walker and Donald P. Haider-Markel There’s no question that the United States is changing. Historically, most representations of the country have assumed that Americans are overwhelmingly White and overwhelmingly Christian. But in the past 50 years, the US has become dramatically less White and less Christian. At the same time, we see evidence that White Christians are not doing OK. Many White Christians support the idea of Christian nationalism, which claims that Christianity should exert dominance by defining American political institutions and policy. They also fear that their r ..read more
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Christian Nationalism is Both Smear and Savior to Many Christians
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by Paul A. Djupe
3M ago
By Paul A. Djupe, Denison University [Image credit: Anabaptist World.] All it took was some imprecise language from a Politico reporter to fire up the outrage machine. If it means that the rights and liberties of the Constitution were granted by God, then “Christian nationalism” is a smear applied to the broadest swath of the population that simply associates democracy with godliness. But it is only a smear if they don’t believe it. The more important question, therefore, is what Christian nationalism means to believers. Does it mean simply that the United States as constituted is fulfilling a ..read more
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NEW BOOK :: Trump, White Evangelical Christians, and American Politics: Change and Continuity
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by Paul A. Djupe
3M ago
By Anand E. Sokhey and Paul A. Djupe ——> Order online for a 30% discount using code PENN-SOKHEYDJUPE30 <—— At a campaign appearance at the CPAC conference last month, Trump told “the choir” that conservatives and people of faith would be “hunted” if Joe Biden was elected to another term. On the one hand, this is not novel talk for the Trump years, but certainly is quite a bit different from when Ronald Reagan told a group of evangelicals in 1980, “I know that you can’t endorse me, but I only brought that up because I want you to know that I endorse you and what you’re doing.” On the othe ..read more
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Partisanship Isn’t Everything – Evangelical Republicans Are Divided by Religious Beliefs in their Support for Trump
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by Paul A. Djupe
4M ago
By Paul A. Djupe (Denison University) and Jacob R. Neiheisel (SUNY-Buffalo) “2024 is our final battle.” “The Seal is broken by what they’ve done…” “the sick political class that hates our country.” “There is a demonic portal above the White House.” “The Satanic Elites have a plan, but so do we.” The vernacular of politics in the U.S. in the Trump era is easy to dismiss as a hyperbolic and dark perspective consonant with Trump’s vision of American carnage from his inaugural address. But we believe it is more than that and marks a sharp break from the kinds of rhetoric used by Republican elites ..read more
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Christian Nationalism is Propping Up The Spirit of January 6
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by Paul A. Djupe
5M ago
By Paul A. Djupe, Denison University [Image credit: The Atlantic.] Three years ago, protestors assembled on The Mall in support of the Big Lie that Trump lost the 2020 election because of fraud. They were then turned toward the Capitol with the inspiration from Trump to fight like hell or “you’re not going to have a country anymore.” At this point, of the 1,230 people charged, about 900 people have been found (170) or pleaded (730) guilty to charges related to the insurrection, including a number guilty of seditious conspiracy. Acknowledging that January 6th was an insurrection, that Trump aid ..read more
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Religion on Campus: A Minority Are Religious And Have a Foot Out the Door
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by Paul A. Djupe
6M ago
By Paul A. Djupe, Director of Data for Political Research, Denison University In 2023, for the first time in its history, the majority of Denison students (54-55 percent) identified as some sort of religious none. With “nothing in particular” leading the way, the next biggest religious group didn’t come close in our spring survey (Protestants at 15 percent), but the second biggest group in the fall survey was Agnostic (with 18 percent), just 6 percentage points behind the nothing in particulars (24 percent). These are some of the new findings from an ongoing survey effort in the Data for Polit ..read more
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