Blood and Faith

Christianity in American White Nationalism

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Damon T. Berry
  • Syracuse, NY: 
    Syracuse University Press
    , September
     2017.
     284 pages.
     $29.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780815635321.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Joshua David Urich forthcoming.

Description

Since the 1980 US presidential races, the term "religious right" has come to signify a politically and socially conservative form of Christianity. This term implies a joining of socially conservative evangelical Christianity with conservative politics that continues to shape the Republican Party to this day. But this relationship is hardly new in American history; certain forms of Christianity have long shared space with the political and nationalist right in the United States. 

Less well known, however, are the various other religions that have influenced white racist activities in America. The recent popularity of these ideologies has caused a shift away from, and resulting hostility toward, Christianity among white nationalists. In Blood and Faith, Berry explores the causes of this shift, as well as the challenges it has created for contemporary white nationalists who seek access to the conservative American political mainstream. Building on Michael Barkun’s landmark study of racist Christianity, Religion and the Racist Right, Berry takes a fresh look at the complex and evolving relationship between American white nationalists and religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Damon T. Berry is assistant professor in the religious studies department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He has published articles in the Journal of Hate Studies and Security Journal.

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