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The Last Temptationposted on March 12, 2018
For The Atlantic, Michael Gerson writes on the relationship between white evangelicals and the irreligious Trump. Evangelicalism has built its political activism on antagonistic reactions to progressive movements and social trends, he argues, and it has increasingly relied on apocalyptic rhetoric about the decline of America. Gerson writes, “Trump consistently depicts evangelicals as they depict themselves: a mistreated minority, in need of a defender who plays by worldly rules.” Gerson is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, which publishes this journal.