The End of White Christian America Book
Score: 3.5
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The End of White Christian America


  • Author : Robert P. Jones
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501122293

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The End of White Christian America Excerpt :

"The founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and columnist for the Atlantic describes how white Protestant Christians have declined in influence and power since the 1990s and explores the effect this has had on America, "--NoveList.

The End of White Christian America Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

The End of White Christian America


  • Author : Robert P. Jones
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501122330

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The End of White Christian America Excerpt :

Winner of the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, spells out the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality—that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. “Quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year” (The New York Times Book Review). For most of our nation’s history, White Christian America (WCA) set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But especially since the 1990s, WCA has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches. Today, America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white, Christian nation. Drawing on more than four decades of polling data, The End of White Christian America explains and analyzes the waning vitality of WCA. Robert P. Jones argues that the visceral nature of today’s most heated issues—the vociferous arguments around same-sex marriage and religious and sexual liberty, the rise of the Tea Party following the election of our first black president, and stark disagreements between black and white Americans over the fairness of the criminal justice system—can only be understood against the backdrop of white Christians’ anxieties as America’s racial and religious topography shifts around them. Beyond 2016, the descendants of WCA will lack the political power they once had to set the terms of the nation’s debate over values and morals and to determine election outcomes. Looking ahead, Jones forecasts the ways that they might adjust to find their place in the new America—and the consequences for us all if they don’t. “Jones’s analysis is an insightful combination of history, sociology, religious studies, and political science….This book will be of interest to a wide range of readers across the political spectrum” (Library Journal).

White Too Long Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

White Too Long


  • Author : Robert P. Jones
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-07-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982122874

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"WHITE TOO LONG draws on history, statistics, and memoir to urge that white Christians reckon with the racism of the past and the amnesia of the present to restore a Christian identity free of the taint of white supremacy"--

White Christian Privilege Book
Score: 4.5
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White Christian Privilege


  • Author : Khyati Y. Joshi
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479812004

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White Christian Privilege Excerpt :

A pervasive Christian privilege dominates the United States today. Christian beliefs, norms, and practices infuse our society, and lie embedded in our institutions, even dictating the structure of our week -- from Sunday closings for the Christian Sabbath to blue laws restricting the sale of alcohol. The US is recognized as the most religiously diverse country in the world, and yet Christianity has always been integral to the country's national identity. These customs, which many of us have come to see as natural features of American life, keep the "freedom of religion" declared in the pages of the Constitution from becoming a reality. White Christian Privilege traces Christianity's influence on the American experiment from before the founding of the Republic to the social movements of today. Mapping the way through centuries of salvery, westward expansion, immigration, and citizenship laws, the volume also reveals how Christian privilege in the US has always been entangled with notions of white supremacy. Drawing on the voices of Christians and religious minorities, Khyati Y. Joshi explores how Christian privilege and white racial norms affect the lives of all Americans, often in subtle ways that society overlooks. By shining a light on the inequalities these privileges create, Joshi highlights a way forward, urging readers to help remake America as a diverse democracy with a commitment to true religious freedom.

Progressive   Religious Book

Progressive Religious


  • Author : Robert Patrick Jones
  • Publisher : Robert P. Jones
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 9780742562301

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Progressive Religious Excerpt :

Shares the dynamic stories of religious leaders from a range of faiths who are building on traditional connections between religion and social justice, offering insight into their actions on behalf of such issues as health care, civil rights, and the environment.

One Nation Under God Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

One Nation Under God


  • Author : Kevin M. Kruse
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2015-04-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465040643

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The provocative and authoritative history of the origins of Christian America in the New Deal era We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the belief that America is fundamentally and formally Christian originated in the 1930s. To fight the "slavery" of FDR's New Deal, businessmen enlisted religious activists in a campaign for "freedom under God" that culminated in the election of their ally Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. The new president revolutionized the role of religion in American politics. He inaugurated new traditions like the National Prayer Breakfast, as Congress added the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and made "In God We Trust" the country's first official motto. Church membership soon soared to an all-time high of 69 percent. Americans across the religious and political spectrum agreed that their country was "one nation under God." Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how an unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day.

Taking America Back for God Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Taking America Back for God


  • Author : Andrew L. Whitehead
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-03
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190057893

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Taking America Back for God Excerpt :

Why do so many conservative Christians continue to support Donald Trump despite his many overt moral failings? Why do many Americans advocate so vehemently for xenophobic policies, such as a border wall with Mexico? Why do many Americans seem so unwilling to acknowledge the injustices that ethnic and racial minorities experience in the United States? Why do a sizeable proportion of Americans continue to oppose women's equality in the workplace and in the home? To answer these questions, Taking America Back for God points to the phenomenon of "Christian nationalism," the belief that the United States is-and should be-a Christian nation. Christian ideals and symbols have long played an important role in American public life, but Christian nationalism is about far more than whether the phrase "under God" belongs in the pledge of allegiance. At its heart, Christian nationalism demands that we must preserve a particular kind of social order, an order in which everyone--Christians and non-Christians, native-born and immigrants, whites and minorities, men and women?recognizes their "proper" place in society. The first comprehensive empirical analysis of Christian nationalism in the United States, Taking America Back for God illustrates the influence of Christian nationalism on today's most contentious social and political issues. Drawing on multiple sources of national survey data as well as in-depth interviews, Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry document how Christian nationalism shapes what Americans think about who they are as a people, what their future should look like, and how they should get there. Americans' stance toward Christian nationalism provides powerful insight into what they think about immigration, Islam, gun control, police shootings, atheists, gender roles, and many other political issues-very much including who they want in the White House. Taking America Back for God is a guide to one of the most important-and least understood-forces shaping American

Jesus and John Wayne  How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Jesus and John Wayne How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation


  • Author : Kristin Kobes Du Mez
  • Publisher : Liveright Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-06-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781631495748

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Jesus and John Wayne How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The “paradigm-influencing” book (Christianity Today) that is fundamentally transforming our understanding of white evangelicalism in America. Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, revealing how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism—or in the words of one modern chaplain, with “a spiritual badass.” As acclaimed scholar Kristin Du Mez explains, the key to understanding this transformation is to recognize the centrality of popular culture in contemporary American evangelicalism. Many of today’s evangelicals might not be theologically astute, but they know their VeggieTales, they’ve read John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart, and they learned about purity before they learned about sex—and they have a silver ring to prove it. Evangelical books, films, music, clothing, and merchandise shape the beliefs of millions. And evangelical culture is teeming with muscular heroes—mythical warriors and rugged soldiers, men like Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Mel Gibson, and the Duck Dynasty clan, who assert white masculine power in defense of “Christian America.” Chief among these evangelical legends is John Wayne, an icon of a lost time when men were uncowed by political correctness, unafraid to tell it like it was, and did what needed to be done. Challenging the commonly held assumption that the “moral majority” backed Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020 for purely pragmatic reasons, Du Mez reveals that Trump in fact represented the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values: patriarchy, authoritarian rule, aggressive foreign policy, fear of Islam, ambivalence toward #MeToo, and opposition to Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community. A much-needed reexamination of perhaps the most influential subculture in this country, Jesus and John Wayne s

Onward Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Onward


  • Author : Russell Moore
  • Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2015-08
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781433686177

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Christianity Today "Beautiful Orthodoxy" Book of the Year in 2016. Keep Christianity Strange. As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What's needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is what gives it its power in the first place. We seek the kingdom of God, before everything else. We connect that kingdom agenda to the culture around us, both by speaking it to the world and by showing it in our churches. As we do so, we remember our mission to oppose demons, not to demonize opponents. As we advocate for human dignity, for religious liberty, for family stability, let's do so as those with a prophetic word that turns everything upside down. The signs of the times tell us we are in for days our parents and grandparents never knew. But that's no call for panic or surrender or outrage. Jesus is alive. Let's act like it. Let's follow him, onward to the future.

American Fascists Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

American Fascists


  • Author : Chris Hedges
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-01-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743284462

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American Fascists Excerpt :

Explores the political ambitions of the Christian right, discussing how their agenda gained momentum through alternative networks, schools, and publishers, and warns that another national crisis may enable the Christian right to seize political power.

Christian America and the Kingdom of God Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Christian America and the Kingdom of God


  • Author : Richard T. Hughes
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release Date : 2010-10-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9780252091544

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Christian America and the Kingdom of God Excerpt :

The idea of the United States as a Christian nation is a powerful, seductive, and potentially destructive theme in American life, culture, and politics. Many fundamentalist and evangelical leaders routinely promote this notion, and millions of Americans simply assume the Christian character of the United States. And yet, as Richard T. Hughes reveals in this powerful book, the biblical vision of the "kingdom of God" stands at odds with the values and actions of an American empire that sanctions war instead of peace, promotes dominance and oppression instead of reconciliation, and exalts wealth and power instead of justice for the poor and needy. With conviction and careful consideration, Hughes reviews the myth of Christian America from its earliest history in the founding of the republic to the present day. Extensively analyzing the Old and New Testaments, Hughes provides a solid, scripturally-based explanation of the kingdom of God--a kingdom defined by love, peace, patience, and generosity. Throughout American history, however, this concept has been appropriated by religious and political leaders and distorted into a messianic nationalism that champions the United States as God's "chosen nation" and bears little resemblance to the teachings of Jesus. Pointing to a systemic biblical and theological illiteracy running rampant in the United States, Hughes investigates the reasons why so many Americans think of the United States as a Christian nation despite the Constitution's outright prohibition against establishing any national religion by law or coercion. He traces the development of fundamentalist Christianity throughout American history, noting especially the increased power and widespread influence of fundamentalism at the dawn of the twenty-first century, embodied and enacted by the administration of President George W. Bush and America's reaction to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

White Evangelical Racism Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

White Evangelical Racism


  • Author : Anthea Butler
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2021-02-23
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 175
  • ISBN 10 : 9781469661186

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White Evangelical Racism Excerpt :

The American political scene today is poisonously divided, and the vast majority of white evangelicals play a strikingly unified, powerful role in the disunion. These evangelicals raise a starkly consequential question for electoral politics: Why do they claim morality while supporting politicians who act immorally by most Christian measures? In this clear-eyed, hard-hitting chronicle of American religion and politics, Anthea Butler answers that racism is at the core of conservative evangelical activism and power. Butler reveals how evangelical racism, propelled by the benefits of whiteness, has since the nation's founding played a provocative role in severely fracturing the electorate. During the buildup to the Civil War, white evangelicals used scripture to defend slavery and nurture the Confederacy. During Reconstruction, they used it to deny the vote to newly emancipated blacks. In the twentieth century, they sided with segregationists in avidly opposing movements for racial equality and civil rights. Most recently, evangelicals supported the Tea Party, a Muslim ban, and border policies allowing family separation. White evangelicals today, cloaked in a vision of Christian patriarchy and nationhood, form a staunch voting bloc in support of white leadership. Evangelicalism's racial history festers, splits America, and needs a reckoning now.

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind


  • Author : Mark A. Noll
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 1995-10-19
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 0802841805

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The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Excerpt :

Mark Noll has written a major indictment of American evangelicalism. Reading this book, one wonders if the evangelical movement has pandered so much to American culture and tried to be so popular only to lose not only it's mind but it's soul as well. For evangelical pastors and parishoners alike, this is a must read! --Robert Wuthnow.

Religion  Politics  and Polarization Book

Religion Politics and Polarization


  • Author : William V. D'Antonio
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release Date : 2013-06-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442221086

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Religion Politics and Polarization Excerpt :

In Religion, Politics, and Polarization, three esteemed scholars trace the confluence of religion and party in the US Congress over time. The authors examine several issues of contemporary relevance as they trace the increasing polarization in Congress.

Unholy Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Unholy


  • Author : Sarah Posner
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2021-06-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 385
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984820440

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Unholy Excerpt :

“In terrifying detail, Unholy illustrates how a vast network of white Christian nationalists plotted the authoritarian takeover of the American democratic system. There is no more timely book than this one.”—Janet Reitman, author of Inside Scientology Why did so many evangelicals turn out to vote for Donald Trump, a serial philanderer with questionable conservative credentials who seems to defy Christian values with his every utterance? To a reporter like Sarah Posner, who has been covering the religious right for decades, the answer turns out to be far more intuitive than one might think. In this taut inquiry, Posner digs deep into the radical history of the religious right to reveal how issues of race and xenophobia have always been at the movement’s core, and how religion often cloaked anxieties about perceived threats to a white, Christian America. Fueled by an antidemocratic impulse, and united by this narrative of reverse victimization, the religious right and the alt-right support a common agenda–and are actively using the erosion of democratic norms to roll back civil rights advances, stock the judiciary with hard-right judges, defang and deregulate federal agencies, and undermine the credibility of the free press. Increasingly, this formidable bloc is also forging ties with European far right groups, giving momentum to a truly global movement. Revelatory and engrossing, Unholy offers a deeper understanding of the ideological underpinnings and forces influencing the course of Republican politics. This is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.