Talk: Understanding American Evangelicals in the Age of Trump

Project No.:

18-029

Speaker:

Gary Edwards, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Arkansas State University

Date:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6-7.30pm

Venue:

Atlantic Academy, Lauterstr. 2, Kaiserslautern

Language:

This event will be held in English.

Target group:

A broader interested audience

Admission:

Admission is free

Registration:

Please register via our online form.

Description:

While American evangelicals have been united behind the Republican Party since the 1970s, the 2016 election of Donald Trump opened a small but pronounced division—straining the unity of evangelicals in both church and party. This lecture will explore the tension within American evangelicalism created by the unusually strong support for a U.S. President who seems to be the antithesis of basic evangelical personal values and yet the defender of key evangelical political values.

The justifications and contradictions of these shifting values will be explored with ideas about ways to move this discourse forward during the remainder of the Trump Presidency and beyond. Ultimately, the Trump Presidency presents an existential moment, which forces the question: can American evangelicalism survive Donald Trump?

Speaker:

Gary Edwards, PhD,

is Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Arkansas State University. In addition to ASU, Edwards has served as a member of the faculty at both the University of Memphis and the Free University of Berlin during a Fulbright Senior Fellowship.