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Posted on August 15th, 2023 by Andrew L. Whitehead
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Dr Whitehead, Sociology, School of Liberal Arts and Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture

Associate Professor Andrew Whitehead’s second book on Christian nationalism titled, “American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church,” releases August 15 from Brazos Press. The Library Journal’s review¬†stated the book is “Heartfelt, incisive, and worthy of thoughtful consideration.”

In this book, he shares his journey and reveals how Christian nationalism threatens the spiritual lives of American Christians and the church.

Whitehead shows how Christians harm their neighbors when they embrace the idols of power, fear, and violence. He uses two key examples–racism and xenophobia–to demonstrate that these idols violate core Christian beliefs. Through stories, he illuminates expressions of Christianity that confront Christian nationalism and offer a faithful path forward.

American Idolatry encourages further conversation about what Christian nationalism threatens, how to face it, and why it is vitally important to do so. It will help identify Christian nationalism and build a framework that makes sense of the relationship between faith and the current political and cultural context.