With the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the president is hoping to fill the seat with a more ideologically conservative justice. And evangelical Christians, who’ve become a powerful conservative voting bloc, have been waiting for this moment. But how and when did this religious group become so intertwined with today’s political issues, especially abortion?

In this episode of Throughline, what it means to be an evangelical today and how that has changed over time.

Matthew Avery Sutton.

Throughline revisited a previous broadcast featuring Matthew Sutton, a professor of history at Washington State University and expert on the intersection of U.S. political history and evangelicalism.

National Public Radio