EventsHigher Power-The History of Evangelicals in American Politics

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Higher Power-The History of Evangelicals in American Politics

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


For adults.

Explore the history and meaning behind a uniquely American movement: Evangelical Christianity. Evangelicals are the strongest religious voting block in America, despite being a relatively new coalition. How did they come to hold such power?

In this balanced and respectful talk, WSU professor Matthew Sutton traces the history of the religious right in America, from its early roots to its rise to power under Ronald Reagan and into the current era. Feeling concerned about the rise in secularism, evangelicals have taken to the pulpit and the airwaves to explain how Biblical end-times prophecies make sense of a troubled modern world. How does this history help us understand our current political system?

Matthew Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University. He received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His most recent book is American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism. Sutton has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and MSNBC’s The Last Word, among many other news shows.

Sponsored by Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.

Please register by 7pm on October 20. You will receive an email with a Zoom link on the day of the event.

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