Flag and the Cross

White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy

English language

Published May 9, 2022 by Oxford University Press, Incorporated.

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A bracing examination of a force that imperils American democracy Most Americans were shocked by the violence they witnessed at the nation's Capital on January 6th, 2021. And many were bewildered by the images displayed by the insurrectionists: a wooden cross and wooden gallows; "Jesus saves" and "Don't Tread on Me;" Christian flags and Confederate Flags; even a prayer in Jesus' name after storming the Senate chamber. Where some saw a confusing jumble, Philip S. Gorski and Samuel L. Perry saw a familiar ideology: white Christian nationalism. In this short primer, Gorski and Perry explain what white Christian nationalism is and is not; when it first emerged and how it has changed; where it's headed and why it threatens democracy. Tracing the development of this ideology over the course of three centuries - and especially its influence over the last three decades - they show how, throughout American history, white …

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3.5 stars. This is a good overview of how we got to where we are today and outlines what's at stake for the US. The authors assert that people born outside of the US are most at risk should MAGA continue to gain power. Later chapters project some possible futures, and the outlook is not especially good. I was a bit disappointed that the vociferous othering of LGBTQ+ people, and trans people in particular, was left out, given how rampant this behavior has been for some time. The increasingly tenuous status of women and Jews in this country was also largely overlooked.