Unsustainable Evangelical Politicism: How Evangelical Churches Became Republican And What it Means for Politics and Religion
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It has become a generally accepted fact in America over the last several decades that Evangelical Christians will almost always lean politically conservative and vote Republican. However, changing demographics and decreasing religious rates call the success of this relationship into question. Looking at the history of the Evangelical Churches and how the movement became so closely tied to the Republican Party, I will discern the intent and level of success behind politicizing religion, and utilize an understanding of the Evangelical movement’s history to determine the sustainability of this association for both the churches and the political party. The rapidly changing racial and religious demographics of the United States (particularly within younger generations) makes the current model of Evangelical Christians wholeheartedly supporting conservative politics almost entirely unsustainable. I will carefully examine the ways both the Republican Party and Evangelical churches must adapt in order to endure beyond the next two decades.