Sunday, August 7, 2022
New York Times, What's God Got to Do With It? The Rise of Christian Nationalism In American Politics:
Esau Macaulley and Katherine Stewart on how the G.O.P weaponized Christianity — and where we go from here
Christian nationalism has been empowered in American politics since the rise of Donald Trump. From “Stop the Steal” to the storming of the U.S. Capitol and now, the overturn of Roe v. Wade — Christian nationalist rhetoric has undergirded it all. But given that a majority of Americans identify as Christian, faith also isn’t going anywhere in our politics. So what would a better relationship between church and state look like?
To discuss, Jane Coaston brings together two people who are at the heart of the Christian nationalism debate. Katherine Stewart is the author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism and has reported on the Christian right for over a decade. Esau McCaulley is a contributing writer for Times Opinion and theologian-in-residence at Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Symposium, Is This a Christian Nation? (Oct. 17, 2021)
- Robert Vischer (Interim President & Former Dean, St. Thomas), Christian Nationalism and the Rule of Law (Apr. 3, 2022)
- Wall Street Journal Book Review, The Flag And The Cross: Defining Christian Nationalism (Apr. 3, 2022)
- Jennifer Lee Koh (Pepperdine), Race, Immigration Law, And Christianity: Despair Or Hope? (June 12, 2022)
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