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Against Christian Nationalism: Essential Books [A Reading Guide]

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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.

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Kevin Kruse

A striking historical account of how the mythology of America as a Christian nation has a much more recent origin than we would expect, and how this mythology arose in support of the emerging consumer economy.

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7 Comments

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

    • C. Christopher Smith

      Jane, thanks for your recommendation of this book!!! It’s been on my radar, and in fact was featured on our May list of new theology books: https://englewoodreview.org/ten-theology-books-to-watch-for-may-2022/
      But it’s so new that I haven’t had a chance to read it yet and see how it rates compared to the books on this list.

      So, I appreciate your recommendation of it, definitely makes me want to dive into it soon.

  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