Live Stream: UNC Press presents Lauren R. Kerby, Author of Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation's Capital and Redeem a Christian America

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Lauren Kerby will be in conversation with Rev. Kirk Brown.

Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation's Capital and Redeem a Christian America

Millions of tourists visit Washington, D.C., every year, but for some the experience is about much more than sightseeing. Lauren R. Kerby’s lively book takes readers onto tour buses and explores the world of Christian heritage tourism. These expeditions visit the same attractions as their secular counterparts—Capitol Hill, the Washington Monument, the war memorials, and much more—but the white evangelicals who flock to the tours are searching for evidence that America was founded as a Christian nation.

The tours preach a historical jeremiad that resonates far beyond Washington. White evangelicals across the United States tell stories of the nation’s Christian origins, its subsequent fall into moral and spiritual corruption, and its need for repentance and return to founding principles. This vision of American history, Kerby finds, is white evangelicals’ most powerful political resource—it allows them to shapeshift between the roles of faithful patriots and persecuted outsiders. In an era when white evangelicals’ political commitments baffle many observers, this book offers a key for understanding how they continually reimagine the American story and their own place in it.

Lauren R. Kerby is the education specialist at Harvard Divinity School's Religious Literacy Project, a lecturer on religious studies at Harvard Divinity School, and an instructor in the religious studies and education certificate program at Harvard Extension School. She earned her PhD in religious studies from Boston University. She is the author of Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation's Capital and Redeem a Christian America (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). She has previously taught writing-intensive religion courses in Boston University's undergraduate writing program and department of religion.

The Rev. David C. (Kirk) Brown is the recently retired chaplain of Christ School. Kirk received his A.B. from Davidson College, his M.A. from the University of Virginia (Germanic Studies), and his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary.  He is a life-long educator.  Having taught German and English for 12 years at Virginia Episcopal School, he then attended seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest.  After serving three years at St. John’s Church in Roanoke, VA, he returned to school work, serving 24 years as Chaplain at Christ School and teaching religion.  Kirk lives with his wife, Shelley, on a farm in Fletcher. 


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:00pm
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$24.86
ISBN: 9781469658773
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 13th, 2020