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The End of White Christian America
The End of White Christian America
By Robert P. Jones
Simon & Schuster, 2016, 320 pp.

The combination of a decline in the percentage of Americans who consider themselves white and a decline in the percentage of those white Americans who call themselves Christian leads Jones to announce the death of “white Christian America” and the end of the long period during which it defined the national discourse. This topic matters, but the book disappoints. Readers looking for insights into how this shift will change U.S. politics and culture won’t find much to chew on here. Jones, a product of the liberal wing of American Protestantism, seems more interested in scoring polemic points against evangelical rivals than in analyzing what he argues is an epochal transformation. It’s a missed opportunity: something is clearly happening in the world of American religion, but The End of White Christian America offers only a few tantalizing insights into what it might mean.