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After 'Choosing Donald Trump,' Is The Evangelical Church In Crisis?

In his new book about the president and faith, author Stephen Mansfield argues evangelical witness has been hurt by the church's support for Trump.
President Trump addresses the crowd before delivering the keynote address at Liberty University's commencement in Lynchburg, Va., on May 13. Source: Yuri Gripas

When Donald Trump announced he would be running for president, he didn't seem like the obvious candidate for evangelical voters, given his multiple divorces, use of crass language and one-time admission that he had never asked God for forgiveness.

Nonetheless, he did manage to coalesce 81 percent of white evangelical voters behind him in November.

Almost a year since Election Day, President Trump's unlikely marriage with the religious right seems to have only strengthened, as seen at the Values Voter Summit earlier this month. Trump administration officials peppered the speaker list, and attendees praised the president as having been chosen by God to lead the country at this time.

As author Stephen Mansfield details in his new book, , Trump was able to tap into resentment within the parts of the evangelical community that boiled over during former President Barack Obama's tenure. They feared that religious freedom was under assault as a result of actions like the administration's birth

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