U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 11, 2020.
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A look at the forces at work in the 2020 presidential election in which Donald Trump defied pollsters again even though he lost to Joe Biden.
Many evangelical voters believe they found a protector in chief in Donald Trump.
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When Trump leaves the White House in January, many American evangelicals will feel that they've lost their protector in chief.
Democrats needed to net three seats to win control of the Senate.
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Were GOP incumbents able to rely on their rural supporters to fend off Democrats' growing strength in the suburbs?
Despite Trump's moral failings, his support among white religious voters has only slipped marginally. One reason is his anti-immigration stance, which is becoming more important to evangelical voters.
A moral minority of evangelicals are moving away from Trump.
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Polls show that a majority of evangelicals back Trump. But that hides a growing divide between enthusiasts of the president and those who question his fitness for office, argues a moral theologian.
U.S. President Donald Trump staged a visit in front of St. John’s Church June 1 in Washington after authorities cleared protestors from the area, prompting the bishop overseeing the church to express outrage.
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The Republican political strategy that uses Christian language to cast Trump as a divinely appointed protector of an authoritarian Christian nation warrants more scrutiny than it's received.
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House..
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The Christian right began to coalesce around social and cultural changes in the late 1970s. A scholar explains the emergence of conspiracy theories at the time.
Jerry Falwell Jr. who resigned after 13 years serving as president of Liberty University.
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A sociologist describes her research on online Christian sex advice sites to point out a sexual culture in which men are permitted to pursue their unusual sexual desires..
Jerry Falwell Jr., right, during commencement ceremonies at Liberty University in May 2017.
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The appeal of Jerry Falwell Jr., who resigned as president of Liberty University following a sex scandal, came from his family legacy. His late father, Jerry Falwell Sr., wielded enormous influence.
A Falwell from grace for Jerry and Becki?
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The response to the sex scandal that led to Jerry Falwell Jr. resigning as president of Liberty University falls into a gendered pattern often seen among evangelicals.
Faith leaders pray with President Donald Trump during a rally for evangelical supporters in Miami in January 2020.
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A historian explains the impact of culture and American Hollywood heroes such as John Wayne who have helped fashion the ideal of a masculine Christianity.
Trump prays at the Values Voter Summit, a conference for social conservatives, in December 2019.
Evangelicals used to stay out of party politics. No longer.
Christian fundamentalists like Ken Ham, CEO of the evangelical group that owns the Creation Museum, believe dinosaurs were among the animals rescued on Noah’s Ark.
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A Kentucky museum tells the history of the universe according to the Bible in an effort to debunk evolution. Its owner, the Christian group Answers in Genesis, promotes right-wing political causes.
Donald Trump poses with Bible at a moment of national crisis.
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In appearing with Bible in hand at the time of crisis, Trump is signaling his position as defender of traditional values, while 'othering' detractors. Russia's Putin and India's Modi have done similar things.
For many evangelicals, faith is a central part of their lives, but there is wide variation in how it is practiced.
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Many Americans imagine evangelicals as a monolithic group that supports conservative policies and always talks about their faith. Three experts found in a study that the picture is far more complex.
Trump is seen in the Oval Office in early January 2020. Viewing him as a cult leader and his supporters as cult followers doesn’t help us understand why he appeals to some voters.
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There are many legitimate ways to critique Donald Trump, but demonizing his voters as cult followers doesn’t help us understand why they are attracted to him and how their world view has developed.
In Rio de Janeiro, practitioners of the Afro-Brazilian faiths Candomble and Umbanda are increasingly under attack by evangelical crusaders.
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As evangelicalism spreads across Brazil, some of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious gangs see minority religions as an affront to God. And they're using guns to spread their gospel.
Trees that survived a forest fire stand amid smoldering smoke in the Vila Nova Samuel region of Brazil, Aug. 25, 2019.
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Brazilian evangelicals are politically conservative, but they still believe in climate change. Turning them into climate activists, however, will be a challenge for the environmentalist movement.
Kids in South Sudan await a daily meal from World Vision.
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Not everyone's a fan of this fundraising approach. But it does bring the needs of children in developing communities to the attention of many Americans.
Halloween can also be a time of expression of cultural and social anxieties.
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In the early 1970s, rumors about poisoned candy on Halloween led to mass paranoia. A historian explains why such fears emerge – and what, in reality, feeds them.