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.

The narrative and research in this book are impressive. Throughout the results chapters, the authors support quantitative findings with detailed quotes from qualitative interviews that brilliantly illustrate larger theoretical arguments.... This book should be essential reading for social scientists who work in the intersection of politics and religion. -- Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Whitehead and Perry present a powerful case that, in understanding contemporary American politics, what matters most is not whether individuals affirm a particular religious, party or even ethnic affiliation; what matters most is whether they support Christian nationalism. -- Journal of Contemporary Religion

Taking America Back for God is an urgent read.... A bold and incisive book for the present and the future. -- Katie Gaddini, Patterns of Prejudice

Through careful social science work, Perry and Whitehead identify the force called Christian Nationalism.... Many timely and important lessons are here for us. -- Tim Keller, Life in the Gospel

Taking America Back for God has been well received within the field of sociology of religion. It adds complexity and nuance to previous ways of discussing the relationship between religion and politics, and should be of interest to pollsters, pundits, and anyone interested in that intersection. -- V. Jacquette Rhoades, Reading Religion

Taking America Back for God is the most thorough, empirical treatment of Christian nationalism in the age of Trump.... Like the most important books, Taking America Back for God will shape the conversation regarding religion and politics. -- Andrew R Lewis, University of Cincinnati, Sociology of Religion

Taking America Back for God is full of helpful insights. -- Journal of Church and State

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

An illuminating and important account of the pervasive spread of Christian Nationalism in recent decades and of its dangerous and powerful impact on both the church and the larger culture. --Todd Edmondson, Englewood Review of Books

Taking America Back for God illustrates just how infected evangelicalism has become with Christian nationalist ideology. Leaders in these circles need to publicly lament and own the ways their tradition has proliferated white supremacy and patriarchy. Until that day, not much will change in these spaces of worship . . . [An] important book for the moment in which we are living and leading. --Drew Strait, Christianity Today

Whitehead and Perry provide one of the best perspectives possible on the 2020 race, and the larger forces that will continue to polarize America . . . This is both an extremely timely book and one that's likely to shape our self-understanding as a nation for generations to come. --Paul Rosenberg, Salon