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‘Policing Is a Profession of the Heart’: Evangelicalism and Modern American Policing

Sattler College, Boston, MA 02114, USA
Academic Editor: Randall Balmer
Religions 2021, 12(3), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030194
Received: 20 January 2021 / Revised: 21 February 2021 / Accepted: 27 February 2021 / Published: 16 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evangelicalism: New Directions in Scholarship)
Though several powerful explorations of modern evangelical influence in American politics and culture have appeared in recent years (many of which illumine the seeming complications of evangelical influence in the Trump era), there is more work that needs to be done on the matter of evangelical understandings of and influence in American law enforcement. This article explores evangelical interest and influence in modern American policing. Drawing upon complementary interpretations of the “antistatist statist” nature of modern evangelicalism and the carceral state, this article offers a short history of modern evangelical understandings of law enforcement and an exploration of contemporary evangelical ministry to police officers. It argues that, in their entries into debates about law enforcement’s purpose in American life, evangelicals frame policing as both a divinely sanctioned activity and a site of sentimental engagement. Both frames expand the power and reach of policing, limiting evangelicals’ abilities to see and correct problems within the profession. View Full-Text
Keywords: evangelicalism; policing; carceral studies evangelicalism; policing; carceral studies
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Griffith, A. ‘Policing Is a Profession of the Heart’: Evangelicalism and Modern American Policing. Religions 2021, 12, 194. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030194

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Griffith A. ‘Policing Is a Profession of the Heart’: Evangelicalism and Modern American Policing. Religions. 2021; 12(3):194. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030194

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Griffith, Aaron. 2021. "‘Policing Is a Profession of the Heart’: Evangelicalism and Modern American Policing" Religions 12, no. 3: 194. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030194

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