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Against Christian Nationalism: Essential Books [A Reading Guide]

Against Christian Nationalism Books

Here are a few books challenging Christian nationalism that we’ve found helpful as we wrestle with these questions about faith, politics and nation, and strive to be a faithful community of Christ’s followers.

A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor’s Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace

Brian Zahnd

Another theological argument for the rejection of American violence.


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


7 Comments

  1. Sean Johnson

    Peter Leithart’s Between Babel and Beast would also be an excellent addition to this list.

  2. Joseph Dindinger

    So, Christian Globalism, then? Or are you suggesting Christian Localism?

    • C. Christopher Smith

      I’m certainly more open to Christian localism – a church is a local social body has a presence that bears witness in a particular time and place.

      On the other hand, I’m hesitant to just about any form of using Christian as an adjective, baptizing that particular system as “Christian.” To paraphrase Stanley Hauerwas, the church doesn’t have a social agenda, the church IS a social agenda.”

  3. Jane Spickett

    I would add
    The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide
    By: Pamela Cooper-White

  4. Check out Cross Purposes by Bob Welch.

  5. This is very new:

    The Religion of American Greatness
    What’s Wrong with Christian Nationalism
    by Paul D. Miller
    Foreword by David French

    https://www.ivpress.com/the-religion-of-american-greatness

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