White Evangelicals and Mass Incarceration

Brad speaks with Aaron Griffith, Assistant Professor of History at Whitworth University. They discuss his book, God’s Law and Order: The Politics of Punishment in Evangelical America. Griffith links the rise of the American carceral state to shifts in evangelical theology and anthropology on the 20th century, showing that the individualistic and punitive ethos of evangelical thinking influenced the rise of mass incarceration in the USA. They discuss figures like Billy Graham who was a conduit of this thinking, and discuss how it remains a factor in our contemporary public square.

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