“Journey of Faith: A Religious History of Hillary Rodham Clinton”

“… an often overlooked tradition of progressive Protestantism and opens up new ways of thinking about Christianity and public life in North America. ”

Team Members/Contributors

Kristin Kobes Du Mez Calvin College Contact Me

About this sabbatical grant for researchers

Rooted in historical and theological research, this book project presents the story of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s faith commitments as a window onto the candidate’s worldview and politics, and as a narrative structure through which we can reorient our understanding of Christianity and public life in recent American history. The project traces Clinton’s faith from her childhood in suburban mainline Methodism, through her religious and political coming-of-age as part of the progressive Methodist Student Movement of the 1960s, and through her continuing spiritual evolution as First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and presidential contender. By examining Clinton’s faith and situating that faith securely in the context of American religious history, this study reveals contested faith perspectives on key issues, including abortion, religious freedom, war and foreign policy, civil rights and the common good. In doing so it illuminates the significant but neglected legacy of progressive Christianity in American public life, and it provides a critical historical perspective on the relationship between Christianity and politics at a moment of profound reexamination of the two.

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Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation 2020 Book Kristin Kobes Du Mez
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