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Recommended Resources for the Study of White Christian Nationalism

White Christian Nationalism is a pervasive and complex ideology encompassing both historical and contemporary concerns. The Justice Advocates team encourages organizations, congregations, and individuals to gain an understanding of its basic tenets in order to comprehend the urgency of the challenge it represents to both American democracy and the witness of the Church.

 

Resources for the study of White Christian Nationalism are plentiful. The limited options presented here represent what we have found useful. We believe these options come from reliable sources and are readily adaptable for individual or small group study. They are certainly not exhaustive! To download a Word document with this resource listing, click here. 

Definitions

...a political ideology and cultural framework that seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy. Christian Nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the state and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian.

Christians Against Christian Nationalism 

... an ethnocultural ideology that uses Christian symbolism to create a permission structure for the acquisition of political power and social control.

Jemar Tisby, author of The Color of Compromise and

How to Fight Racism 

... a constellation of beliefs — that the founding of the United States was ‘divinely inspired’ or that God is invested in the success of the U.S. — that manifest in political goals.

Philip Gorski and Samuel Perry

authors: The Flag and the Cross

Five Markers of Christian Nationalism 
  • The United States government should declare America a Christian Nation.

  • The laws of the United States should be based on Christian values.

  • If the United States moves away from our Christian foundations, we will not have a country anymore.

  • Being Christian is an important part of being truly American.

  • God has called Christians to exercise dominion over all areas of American society.

 

Based on responses to survey questions, respondents can be placed into four key groups, reflecting a continuum of support/opposition

to Christian Nationalism:

ADHERENTS, SYMPATHIZERS, SKEPTICS, AND REJECTERS. 

PRRI/Brookings Institution Christian Nationalism Survey, November and December 2022

Access the Justice Advocates Series on White Christian Nationalism Here.

To access the PowerPoint slides from a presentation entitled The Dangers of Christian Nationalism by the Rev. Dr. David A. Jones, click here

Jemar Tisby: White Nation 
Under God (YouTube series) 
  • What is White Christian Nationalism? (Jemar Tisby)

  • White Christian Nationalism and the January 6 Insurrection (Andrew Seidel)

  • How Christians Can Resist White Christian Nationalism (Amanda Tyler)

  • How I Escaped the Web of White Christian Nationalism (Chuck Armstrong)

  • (Plus) How White Christian Nationalism Threatens Democracy (Gorski and Perry)

Access the playlist for the first four videos here.

Access the final video here

Charismatic Revival Fury:
The New Apostolic Reformation

This podcast series from Straight White American Jesus traces the theological basis of extreme Christian Nationalism through is charismatic roots, a movement that led to the January 6 insurrection. Included in this historical overview are the origins of Christian Trumpism and the Seven Mountains Mandate. Nine sessions of this series are interspersed among SWAJ podcast episodes. Search for Nov. 28, 2022, Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2022, and January 2, 2023. 

Christians Against
Christian Nationalism 

Under the direction of Amanda Tyler, Christians Against Christian Nationalism is a leader in the effort to oppose Christian Nationalism. CACN's extensive resource collection includes a three part study for personal or group use. It can be accessed here. CACN has also drafted a statement opposing Christian Nationalism. 

CACN is affiliated with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. That organization's podcast series, Respecting Religion, offers important resources on Christian Nationalism, including both historical perspective and contemporary manifestations. 

Amanda Tyler testified before the U.S. House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in December 2022. Video of that testimony can be accessed here. Her more extensive written testimony can be accessed here

The Southern Poverty
Law Center 

For over 50 years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been dedicated to ensuring that the promise of the civil rights movement becomes a reality for all. Their annual report, The Year in Hate and Extremism, documents hate and anti-government groups throughout the United States. To access the report for 2022 (released in June 2023), click here

Names to Know in the Movement Against White Christian Nationalism 

Philip S. Gorski: professor of sociology and religious studies, Yale University, co-author of The Flag and the Cross 

Robert P. Jones: president and founder of PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), author of White Too Long

Samuel L. Perry: sociologist, University of Oklahoma, co-author Taking America Back for God and The Flag and the Cross 

Katherine Stewart, journalist focusing on public policy and religion, featured in the New York Times and Washington Post, author of The Power Worshippers

Jemar Tisby, historian, author, and speaker, author of The Color of Compromise and How to Fight Racism

Amanda Tyler, attorney and executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, lead organizer for Christians Against Christian Nationalism

Andrew L. Whitehead: associate professor of sociology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, co-author of Taking America Back for God

PRRI/Brookings Institution Report: February 2023

The latest PRRI/Brookings Institution survey of Christian Nationalism was taken from November 21 to December 14, 2022. A report of its findings was presented on February 8, 2023 with the title: “A Christian Nation? Understanding the Threat of White Christian Nationalism to American Democracy and Culture”

 

A recording of that presentation can be accessed here.

A written report can be accessed here

An interpretation of this report's findings was presented by Diana Bulter Bass to the congregation of Temple Micah (Washington, DC) on February 13, 2023. She included reflections on three theological movements undergirding Christian Nationalism: Dominionist, Christian Reconstruction, and Neo-Traditionalist Catholicism. A recording of that presentation can be accessed here

Books and Print Resources

Book Sampler (by date of publication)

  • Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States, Andrew L. Whitehead and Samuel L. Perry (2020 and 2022)

  • Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, Katherine Stewart (2020)

  • The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy, Philip S. Gorski and Samuel L. Perry (2022) (forward by Jemar Tisby)

From Sojourners:  “Do We Dare to Disciple People

Out of Christian Nationalism?” 

October 13, 2022

by Adam Russell Taylor  Access here

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