Tuesday Conversations, Episode 6 (Video): A Conversation about White Christian Nationalism, with Kristin Kobes Du Mez and Amanda Tyler

A roundtable discussion sponsored by PRRI and BJC

Last week, I featured my first conversation with Kristin Kobes Du Mez, New York Times best-selling author of Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, that was focused on decoding two vexing terms: “complementarianism” and “critical race theory.” If you missed it, you can watch that conversation at the link above.

This week, I’m sharing a second conversation with Kristin—this time, focused on understanding the growing threat of white Christian nationalism. I wrote two weeks ago about “How White Christian Nationalism Found Fertile Soil in Post-9/11 America.” We’ve thankfully had a big influx of readers over the last two weeks, so if you missed that piece, inviting you to check it out.

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As the nation looks back on the first official federal commemoration of Juneteenth, it is clear that the new battle lines in the culture wars are less about social issues and more about American identity itself. Competing conceptions of American history—the 1619 project vs. the 1776 project—have become markers of political and religious identity. At its heart, this struggle is between two incompatible visions of America: one forwarding a myth of white racial innocence and the norm of a white Christian nation vs. another committed to a more critical history in the service of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious democracy.

This conversation, which originally aired just before the Fourth of July, features a discussion between me and Kristin Du Mez about the role white Christianity is playing in these battles, why they are erupting at this moment in our nation’s history, and what’s at stake for the future of religion and the country. The discussion was expertly moderated by Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) and the leading force behind the “Christians Against Christian Nationalism” campaign. I’m grateful for BJC for co-sponsoring the conversation with PRRI.

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If you missed my most recent Friday Reflection, I wrote about the intellectual and moral debt I owe to James Baldwin. You can read it below.

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