More and more, scholars of religion and history are making a point to differentiate between Christian nationalism – a pernicious and anti-democratic ideology – and white Christian nationalism, a specific manifestation of this extreme movement that has influenced our nation’s policy and structures for decades. Now, a historian and researcher exposes how these themes actually date back centuries – to even before the founding of the nation. This week on The State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we dive into the history of race, religion, and power in the United States.
Dr. Robert P. Jones, founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, is gearing up to release his newest book, The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future, on September 5th. In it, he reveals the deep connection between organized religion and the dehumanization of Native Americans and Africans – a dehumanization that was officially sanctioned by the Western Church. Robby and Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, host of The State of Belief, explore this shocking history and the very real ways it continues to play out in the present day – including rhetoric we’re already hearing ahead of a contentious 2024 election.