Defenders of the Faith?
National Populism and Religion in Western Europe and the United States
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Showing the Defenders of the Faith? Video
January 28, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room Map
From the carrying of crosses and the singing of hymns at rallies to a new rhetoric centered on the defense of “the Judeo-Christian West,” national populist movements on both sides of the Atlantic often make use of Christian symbols and language. Many observers are quick to take such rhetoric at face value and resurrect concepts like the “clash of civilizations” or point to the emergence of a new “Christian Right” and new “culture wars.” However, the relationship between these movements and Christianity is much more nuanced.
In this lecture Tobias Cremer, a visiting research fellow at the Berkley Center, presented his dissertation research, which seeks to comprehend this ambiguous relationship by exploring national populists’ motives and religious communities’ responses. In particular, he focused on understanding the sources behind the surge of populism in Western societies, exploring whether and how national populists’ relationship with Christianity differs from that of traditional conservative movements, and assessing which religious, social, and political factors drive Christians in different countries—both laypeople and clergy—to either embrace or reject the populist right.
Lunch was served.
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Berkley Center director Shaun Casey introduces Tobias Cremer.
Tobias Cremer, visiting researcher at the Berkley Center, presents on national populism and religion in the West.
Tobias Cremer opens the discussion about his research.
Audience member poses question during the discussion portion of the event.
Tatiana Cojocari, fellow visiting researcher at the Berkley Center, weighs in about European populism.
Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall poses questions about the role of gender and other factors.