By CBS News | 28m
Published in March of 2021

SUMMARY: From Ken Peters, founder of Patriot Church in Knoxville, TN, who believes that Americans are about to lose the country we have “always known” to pastor Franklin Graham who believes Christians are under attack CBS News profiles a handful of Christian Americans who believe the country was founded as a Christian nation. Historian John Fea provides the historical context in a short documentary that asks the question, what does it mean for religious liberty if Christian nationalists get their way?

KEY QUOTE: “What is troubling about the Christian right is not that they are Christian, not that they have a set of beliefs that other people don’t have. I think what is troubling is that there doesn’t seem to be a real investment in finding a way for us to find a way together. The investment seems to be in amassing power.” – Su’Ad Abdul Khabeer



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BOOK: Taking America Back for God

Depending on the places you get your news or the social circles you run in the term Christian nationalism has a positive or negative connotation. With the explosion in conversation around the term since the January 6 insurrection, it is challenging to divorce the definition, good or bad, from today’s context. This is where Taking America Back for God immensely helps. Sociologists Samuel Perry, (University of Oklahoma), and Andrew Whitehead, (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) draw primarily on data from the 2017 Baylor Religion Survey to provide a nuanced and constructive look at the term that has influenced American politics for decades.

SHOW: Is Christian nationalism on the rise in the United States?

Chair of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania Anthea Butler, professor of history and gender studies at Calvin University Kristen Du Mez, and executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Amanda Tyler engage in a lively panel discussion with host Marc Lamont Hill as he tries to understand the disconnect between white Christion nationalism, what is preached in the Bible, and what is penned in the founding documents of the United States.

ARTICLE: Christian Nationalism Debates Expose Clashing Views of Power

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.

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