What is the difference between Christian Nationalism and Civil Religion? Using Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States (Whitehead and Perry; Oxford University Press) as well as Biblical texts and statements of faith traditions. This Colloquy will examine the rise of Christian nationalism and its affects on both politics and religion in the United States.
The recent events at the Capitol were filled with disturbing scenes. But observers may notice the preponderance of Christian symbols paraded amongst the crowds, as well as groups bowed in prayer. This demonstration raises awareness of definitive differences in understanding of faith practice, ranging from the concept of a Civil Religion based in Hebrew scriptures expanded into Christian practices to what is now know as Christian Nationalism. What does this mean to our political and faith systems in the United States?
Insights: I have been noting the number of people in the name of Christianity who are not only funding but filling the political protests, much more than I’ve seen in the past. There clearly is a division line that is being breached, which in my personal opinion, violates some of the basic tenets of civil religion.
Kim Lengert is a recent resident of Deer Isle, Kim’s life has been based in her philosophy of “if you can imagine it, you can do it”. Kim is an ordained pastor and a lawyer, two professions which she believes complement each other quite nicely: as a pastor she focused on developing or re-developing churches, and as a lawyer on complex custody and estates. A frequent presenter on both theological and legal issues in community and academic settings, Kim relaxes by restoring antiques of all varieties and baking bread.
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