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The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy

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The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy

English | 2022 | ISBN: ‎ 0197618685 | 169 pages | True EPUB | 1.33 MB

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 centuriesand especially its influence over the last three decadesthey show how, throughout American history, white Christian nationalism has animated the oppression,...

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