Baptist minister explores faith, politics & Trump

New book on religion & politics in 2016

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The latest book from award-winning author Brian Kaylor explores issues of religion and politics in the 2016 presidential campaign. Kaylor, a Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in political communication, wrote Vote Your Conscience: Party Must Not Trump Principles to make the case why pastors should not endorse a candidate in this election with the two least popular nominees in polling history.

“Many pastors and Christian leaders willingly risk their credibility and witness by publicly endorsing one of these flawed candidates simply because of party affiliation,” Kaylor explains. “Donald Trump’s vulgar, bigoted, violent, authoritarian, and racist rhetoric and policies stand in stark opposition to biblical teachings.

“We must be politically engaged, but we must do so without ignoring our consciences and throwing away our principles,” Kaylor adds.

In Vote Your Conscience, Kaylor outlines moral problems with both candidates, looks at the role religion has played in this campaign and considers how faith and partisanship entangled in modern politics. He also includes practical steps to help Christians offer much-needed prophetic politics during this and future campaigns.

Kaylor is the author of three earlier books on religion and politics: Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action, Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics and For God’s Sake, Shut Up! Kaylor serves as the Generational Engagement Team Leader for Churchnet (a Baptist network in Missouri) and Contributing Editor for Ethics Daily. Learn more at



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