SUMMARY: Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry, authors of Taking America Back for God, define what Christian nationalism is, what the movement’s key ideologies have been throughout history, and why the ideology is a threat to democracy.
KEY QUOTE: “A political theology that co-opts Christian narratives and symbolism. Christian nationalism has its own version of the ‘elect,’ those chosen by God. They are ‘people like us,’ meaning conservative Christian, but also white, natural-born citizens. Moreover, in a prosperous nation, only ‘the elect’ should control the political process while others must be closely scrutinized, discouraged, or even denied access. This ideology is fundamentally a threat to a pluralistic, democratic society.”
Our latest curated articles on Christian nationalism:
Talk of Christian nationalism has skyrocketed. In 2021 there were 200,000 tweets on Christian nationalism for the entire year, in just July of 2022 there were over 289,000 tweets on the term. Journalist Daniel Sillman provides a thorough, nuanced look at the word, from those that see it as a positive and those that see it as a negative, along with polling statistics and interviews of pastors, authors, and historians.Read more
Russell Moore, former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and director of the Public Theology Project at Christianity Today, shows that Christian Nationalism is a virulent flavor of secularism and cannot, as no secularism can, save the world, or even save an individual.Read more
At one point in his life author Joe Forrest thought if we had more Christians in the world then the world would get better, but the current iteration of Christian nationalism has him abandoning his theory. The idolatrous mixture of nationalism and religion has birthed Christians who simply think, believe, vote, and fear like themselves. Self-critique is blasphemy and demonizing those we disagree with is a virtue. Forrest points out that this idolatry is doomed to fail and is a major reason why the 15 books of the prophets in the Bible focused so intently on idolatry as humans are prone to worship things other than God.Read more