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Adult Education: Christian Nationalism

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Christian Nationalism

Christian nationalism is a political ideology and cultural framework that seeks to merge American and Christian identities. In this day when both American identity and Christian identity are undergoing massive shifts in definition and meaning, the reappearance and rise of Christian Nationalism (CN) is an alarming, reactionary response. The subtitle of Andrew L. Whitebread’s new and important work, American Idolatry, gets at the heart of the issue: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church (Brazos, 2023). In addition to Sunday morning classes, the issue will be explored in two sermons in October. We’re also planning opportunities for conversations in the evening (look for dates). And we’ve invited the members of Grace A.M.E. in Catonsville to join in the discussion. CN subscribes to a particular understanding of who is “in” and who is intentionally left out or pushed to the margins, who belongs, and who doesn’t.

Bibliography for Understanding Christian Nationalism

Kelly J. Baker, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America (University Press of Kansas, 2017).

Randall Balmer, Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right (Eerdmans, 2021).

Pamela Cooper-White, The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide (Fortress Press, 2022).

Kristen Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (Liveright, 2021).

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point (Penguin Random House, 2023).

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, How Democracies Die (Penguin Random House, 2018).

Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Vintage, 2013).

Robert Pd. Jones, The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future (Simon & Schuster, 2023)

Kaitlyn Schiess, The Ballot and the Bible: How Scripture Has Been Used and Abused in American Politics and Where We Go from Here (Brazos Press, 2023)

Andrew L. Whitehead, American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church (Brazos Press, 2023).