Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Clemson University and Assistant Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives. He is the author of numerous articles on Christian nationalism and religion in the modern world.

Samuel L. Perry is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books, Addicted to Lust and Growing God's Family.


"Whitehead and Perry map out the extraordinarily diverse and fractured views of Americans on the relationship between Christian nationalism and American government and politics. An essential tool for anyone who wishes to understand the current political moment." -- Katherine Stewart, author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

"Whitehead and Perry have looked beyond the court prophets who defend Donald Trump on Twitter and TV to understand the culture that made the Trump presidency possible. The distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism has indelibly shaped public imagination in American life for decades. Taking America Back for God demonstrates both the power of that narrative and the importance of reviving a moral movement to revive the heart of democracy." -- Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good

"There has been much talk of Christian nationalism since the 2016 elections. Whitehead and Perry have given us the first systematic analysis. They present lots of data and also offer plenty of surprises. Essential reading for anyone trying to figure out the role of religion in the politics of the Trump era." -- Philip Gorski, Professor of Sociology, Yale University

"Why do so many evangelicals support Donald Trump? One cannot answer that question without an understanding of Christian nationalism. Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry have written a well-researched and very important book. It should be read by anyone trying to make sense of the relationship between religion and politics today." -- John Fea, author of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump