Robert P. Jones and Kristen du Mez Discuss Race and Gender Equality in White Evangelical Circles

On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and Religion News Service (RNS) welcomed several hundred live audience members for a lively discussion between PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones and political scientist Kristin du Mez. The discussion, moderated by Adelle Banks from RNS, examined the ongoing battles over racial and gender equality within consistently shrinking white evangelical circles.

To learn more about what Jones and du Mez have to say about these issues, purchase their recent books.

Jones’ book, “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity” was released in 2020 to widespread praise. “‘White Too Long’ convincingly reveals the myriad ways that white Christianity has cultivated the religious, political, economic and social superiority of white people despite all efforts, modest though they may have been, to fight these tendencies,” Jemar Tisby wrote in The New York Times.

On June 8, 2021, the paperback edition of du Mez’ 2020 text, “Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation,” was released, earning praise from evangelical leader and best-selling author Beth Moore. “[Du Mez’s] astonishing gifting was in the way she took 1000 puzzle pieces and fit them together. I don’t swallow books whole but the evidence for much of what she’s written is staring us in the face,” Moore wrote.