Religious studies professor to present, "Not That Kind of Evangelical"

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University presents Brantley Gasaway, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Bucknell University, who will analyze how the politically progressive minority of evangelical Christians have reacted both to the current presidential administration and most white evangelicals' support of Donald Trump. Gasaway will lecture on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Students Services Center, room 004. The event is free and open to the public.

Gasaway, author of Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice, will summarize the proposals, protests, and petitions of progressive evangelicals concerning four broad issues: racial justice, immigration, healthcare, and economic policy.

In addition, he will analyze how the current political context has exacerbated a long-simmering identity crisis among progressive evangelicals, as they measure the costs of identifying with a religious tradition and label that has become popularly associated with white Christian Trump supporters. He will conclude with reflections on progressive evangelicals' efforts to "reclaim" evangelicalism from its association with political conservatism.

The College of Liberal Arts is the sponsor of the event.