The religious Right taught America to misread the Bible. Christians have misused Scripture to consolidate power, stoke fears, and defend against enemies. But people who have been hurt by the attacks of Christian nationalism can help us rediscover God's vision for faith in public life.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove explores how religious culture wars have misrepresented Christianity at the expense of the poor, and how listening to marginalized communities can help us hear God's call to love and justice in the world. He highlights people on the frontlines of issues ranging from immigration policy and voting rights to women's rights and environmental stewardship. Through these narratives, we encounter a recovery of values that upholds the dignity of all people.

Rediscover hope for faithful public witness that serves the common good. Join the revolution.

"Jonathan has served as a scribe for the moral movement in America today. In Revolution of Values, he tells the truth about how the Bible was hijacked by the religious Right. But more importantly, he highlights the people who are challenging a false moral narrative and shows us how faith can revive the heart and soul of this democracy."

William J. Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach, cochair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

"At this critical and highly problematic time for both the nation and the church, Wilson-Hartgrove offers a compelling set of stories and analyses to stimulate a fresh Christian imagination for justice and the public square. Woven through it is his personal journey of transformation, as well as inspiring examples of ordinary people who have leaned into the public square with faith, resilience, humility, and courage. This is the Revolution of Values he offers: how slaveholder religion can be dismantled and replaced by the vivifying truth and justice of Jesus for all. May we learn and follow."

Mark Labberton, president, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a prophetic voice for our times. Through a combination of storytelling, biblical reflection, and cultural criticism, Revolution of Values sheds light on the human victims of an immoral presidency defined by nativism, racism, militarism, Christian nationalism, and anti-intellectualism. Evangelicals can no longer stand on the sidelines and watch the injustice from afar. It is time to join the revolution."

John Fea, historian and author of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

"Are you one of the 81 percent of evangelicals who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, thinking you were making the Christian and biblical choice? Or one of the mainline Protestants or Roman Catholics who joined them? Are you having some second thoughts? Here's the story of a young evangelical who rethought his decision to be a foot soldier in the religious right and is now a leader in a revolution of values that you may want to join too."

Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration


Introduction: Moral Clarity and the Fog of War
1. Wade in the Water
2. The Wisdom of Poor People
3. Give Us the Ballot
4. Lord, Prepare Me to Be a Sanctuary
5. Law and Order
6. A Woman's Work Is for Justice
7. Groaning with All Creation
8. Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword
9. A Revolution of Values
Discussion Guide


Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (MDiv, Duke Divinity School) is a writer, preacher, and moral activist. He and his wife, Leah, founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality in Durham, North Carolina. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a popular education center in Durham committed to "making surprising friendships possible," and is an associate minister at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church.

Jonathan is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books, including Reconstructing the Gospel, The Third Reconstruction, Strangers at My Door, Common Prayer, The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, The New Monasticism, and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers.

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