yeah historians you know are not used to writing kind of I look at this book as a her not only a historical exploration of why evangelicals came to trump right taking the long view so to speak thinking about you know the last 50 years or maybe even the last 250 years right about American evangelicalism so we tend to take the long view why things happen the way they did but I also see this book as writing from the kind of you know whether it be the center or not I'm not sure but this sort of evangelicalism I am an evangelical Christian and so it is a piece of sort of social criticism right or political commentary if you will and I've never written a book like that historians kind of like to lay out kind of what happened and then you draw your own conclusions right you know hopefully we trigger your moral imagination or your political sensibilities in some way and then you do something with it you know you go do something you decide what to do with the information you have this is very different because I am actually being somewhat prescriptive in the book so is it a work of history of Anastos is it a work of history in a sense it is because again I'm trying to understand what are the long-term patterns that led 81% of American evangelicals to vote for Donald Trump in 2016 what were the factors right social cultural economic factors that led to this and I actually traced this all the way back to say the 17th century right and then but then you know I'm also kind of suggesting that this may have been a bad decision for evangelicals or evangelicals were not kind of true to their own identity by throwing their support behind this person so that's been that's been a struggle thinking about how to do a kind of historically inflected piece of social criticism right or using the past to kind of promote some kind of eye you'll be a political ideal political statement about my tribe evangelicals and how they've responded to politics you

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