Updates - Cases, Trump and more

Trump, the white evangelicals and the crisis of liberalism

"Why did so many Evangelicals turn out to vote for Donald Trump, a serial philanderer with questionable conservative credentials who seems to defy Christian values with his every utterance?"

US publishers continue to turn out titles to try to answer the question about (white) evangelicals and the grip on American politics exerted by the Religious Right. I consider some new and some less recent books. Who has the answers?

What's the real story? America's racial crisis needs to be understood as a crisis of liberalism - why do I say this?

Read my updated guide (with reading list) here.

Court in the Act - new and recent cases

Chapter 2 of The Jesus Candidate looked at twelve legal cases where Christians claimed they were suffering discrimination. In most, though not all, of these, the claim was supported by Christian Concern or the Christian Institute. This update looks at six recent cases and implications for law and policy.

The Ashers bakers eventually won their right not to sell their services to support a political project with which they did not agree. Felix Ngole eventually won his case to make Sheffield unversity reconsider his dismissal from social work training. Two cases heard in 2019 found that denying that people can alter their gender is not, in itself, a 'belief' qualifying for protection against discrimination. Click here for the full story.

Liberty, Democracy, Civility - recent titles

How does Christianity assess and develop freedom in the modern liberal state? In The Jesus Candidate I took a line through the sixteenth century Anabaptists and Roger Williams' foundation of Rhode Island, seeing the foundation for liberalism in this strand of Christian history. On this basis I advocated a state that is neutral in matters of faith.

Since the Jesus Candidate appeared we have seen Robert Louis Wilken's mighty book Liberty in the things of God. Mostyn Roberts has produced the first British biography of Williams. Teresa Bejan suggests that Williams is a more significant contributor to modern political thought than Hobbes or Locke. And Cecile Laborde shows that liberalism does not require neutralism. Click here to see more on these.