Evangelicals, Right-wing Populism, Trump: Not a Faustian Bargain

Evangelicals, Right-wing Populism, Trump: Not a Faustian Bargain Published in Theologische Literaturzeitung, Nov. 2019, pp 1084-1102. Introduction The 81 percent of white American evangelicals who voted for Donald Trump in 20161 drew substantial attention as it seemed that one of America’s most devout faith groups supported a politician who was not only twice divorced but had […]

Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic

Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic By Marcia Pally ABC Religion and Ethics  3 May 2018 What makes populism work? Earlier this year, New York Times columnist David Brooks told NPR that, because “populism has deep roots in America,” he believed “Bannonism” would outlive “Trumpism” as a decisive influence in elections and public policy. By “Bannonism,” Brooks meant […]

Donald Trump: Apostle of America’s Civil Religion

Donald Trump: Apostle of America’s Civil Religion Religion and Ethics 16 Nov 2016 By Marcia Pally Trump gives voice, not only to American discontent, but to its political faith that it will be solved by ‘booting the bums out’. The more he preaches, the more he taps into the national creed.  Before and since the […]

‘Throw the bastards out’: an American tradition from settlers to Trump

‘Throw the bastards out’: an American tradition from settlers to Trump by Marcia Pally Thursday 8 September 2016 11.00 BST This past summer, I was guest-teaching in Europe. When the talk of the town wasn’t Brexit, it was the US election. It was discussed the way you’d discuss an alien invasion: bizarre. A look at […]