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Unholy by Sarah Posner


The Christian Right at the Altar of Donald Trump

Sarah Posner

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2 reviews

Imprint: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publication date: 26 May 2020
ISBN: 9781984820426
2 stars out of 5
1 Aug 2020

"The author describes in vivid detail the vast array of evangelical organisations"

Posner’s account starts only in recent years and does not consider the long history of American evangelical movements. She leaves readers with little sense of how divisions may inhere among evangelicals or how they once viewed the constitution as a vehicle for progressive change. For guidance on these subjects, readers will have to turn to Frances Fitzgerald’s The Evangelicals and John W Compton’s The Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution.


3 stars out of 5
Josh Glancy
7 Jun 2020

"a fascinating subject, but a missed opportunity"

She’s undoubtedly right that white Christian nationalism — and indeed racial animus — plays an important role in all this, but overstates her case. And here is where Unholy falls down. It is driven by ill-disguised contempt. Rather than showing the reader inside the strange land of evangelical Trumpery and letting them decide for themselves, Posner angrily dismisses her subjects as irredeemable white supremacists, ignoring the fact that some people really do care about abortion. There’s no flair or wit, no deep character profiles or colourful reportage to illuminate this foreign world.