Blood & Faith

Blood & Faith

Christianity in American White Nationalism

Book - 2017
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Since the 1980 US presidential races, the term "religious right" has come to signify a politically and socially conservative form of Christianity. This term implies a joining of socially conservative evangelical Christianity with conservative politics that continues to shape the Republican Party to this day. But this relationship is hardly new in American history; certain forms of Christianity have long shared space with the political and nationalist right in the United States. Less well known, however, are the various other religions that have influenced white racist activities in America. The recent popularity of these ideologies has caused a shift away from, and resulting hostility toward, Christianity among white nationalists. In Blood and Faith, Berry explores the causes of this shift, as well as the challenges it has created for contemporary white nationalists who seek access to the conservative American political mainstream. Building on Michael Barkun's landmark study of racist Christianity, Religion and the Racist Right, Berry takes a fresh look at the complex and evolving relationship between American white nationalists and religion.
Publisher: ©2017.
Syracuse, New York :, Syracuse University Press,, [2017].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9780815635321
9780815635444
Characteristics: x, 268 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Blood and faith.
Contents: Introduction : Racial protectionism and white religion
Revilo Oliver and the emerging racialist critique of Christianity
William Pierce and the cosmotheist critique of Christianity
Anti-Christianity in Ben Klassen's "racial holy war"
"Authentic" whiteness and protectionism in racialist Odinism
Esoteric racialism and Christianity
The North American new right and contemporary white nationalism's latest relligious adaptations
Conclusion : Making white nationalism familiar
Epilogue : The "alt-right," Trumpian populism, and white religious America
Summary: Since the 1980 US presidential races, the term "religious right" has come to signify a politically and socially conservative form of Christianity. This term implies a joining of socially conservative evangelical Christianity with conservative politics that continues to shape the Republican Party to this day. But this relationship is hardly new in American history; certain forms of Christianity have long shared space with the political and nationalist right in the United States. Less well known, however, are the various other religions that have influenced white racist activities in America. The recent popularity of these ideologies has caused a shift away from, and resulting hostility toward, Christianity among white nationalists. In Blood and Faith, Berry explores the causes of this shift, as well as the challenges it has created for contemporary white nationalists who seek access to the conservative American political mainstream. Building on Michael Barkun's landmark study of racist Christianity, Religion and the Racist Right, Berry takes a fresh look at the complex and evolving relationship between American white nationalists and religion.

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