By Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry |
Published in October of 2020

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.”

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