Christian Nationalism in the United States

A Conversation with Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry

June 18, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

In their new book Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States (2020), Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry draw on multiple sources of national survey data as well as in-depth interviews to 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. A 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.

Whitehead and Perry joined Berkley Center Director Shaun Casey to discuss some of the questions raised in the book. 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? The conversation explored Christian nationalism in the United States in the past, present, and how it might shape the future of American public life.

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