Professor and chair, history department: Director of the African-American studies program, University of Montana.

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3 Ways Religion and Politics Will Mix in 2024

by Tobin Miller Shearer 02-02-2024

U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Speaker of the House Mike Johnson at the conclusion of the National Prayer Breakfast in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., USA, Feb. 1. Every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower in 1953 has attended the annual breakfast. Credit: Sipa USA via Reuters Connect.

I’m a historian and a religious studies scholar who recently published a book exploring the role of religion in political movements such as anti-abortion campaigns. Historical evidence can help identify trends that will likely influence the mix of religion and politics in the year ahead.

From my perspective, three key trends are likely to show up in 2024.