In 2023

I’m convinced that Christian nationalism makes us bad Christians.

-Andrew Whitehead

You’ve heard a lot of compelling State of Belief conversations addressing the very real threat of Christian nationalism to American democracy and our pluralistic society. Now it’s time to expand the focus to include the damage American religion itself is enduring from this authoritarian movement. This week on The State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush goes in-depth with Christian nationalism scholar Dr. Andrew L. Whitehead.

Andrew is co-author of Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States, and is publishing his latest book, American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church, on August 15th.

Andrew Whitehead grew up in an Evangelical environment that was fertile ground for the Christian nationalist agenda, and brings deeply personal insights to this urgent subject. He’s associate professor of sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he codirects the Association of Religion Data Archives at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.

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