Christian Nationalism; at Last here is the Plan of those who push it.

Ann Carriage
2 min readJun 9, 2024

Up till about five minutes ago it was thought that the trope of Christian Nationalism was part of a plan to discredit Evangelicalism in the US.

Although now the picture is clearer; and it seems the plan does not just end there. You only have to look at the number in a long line of books on the topic to wonder where all this leads.

I mean the list out of the not so hallowed halls of academia goes on and on.

Speaking of which here is the latest published work; and it is here where our big clue lies.

This new book is called; Baptizing America: How Mainline Protestants Helped Build Christian Nationalism

Yes there is always someone to blame in this case it is the turn of the mainline Protestants.

If you recall they told us at the beginning the problem was with Evangelicals? Not only them; but with what they call Civil Religion. It is religion mixed with politics type thing.

The reason I suspect they don’t mention Catholicism is because they have been there and done that; as a onetime Christian Theocracy.

Here then is the basis of this book. Mainline Christian denominations made a “comprehensive effort to merge church and state, and to thus set the stage for Christian Nationalism.”

The authors go on to say; “As attention to Christian Nationalism rises, the concept ironically becomes more ambiguous”.

So vague is the word. Yes we know.

Critics say this book fails to distinguish between the actual threat of a theocracy on the one hand, and plain old garden variety patriotism on the other.

While those who go along with this stuff will no doubt shout out aye at this latest attempt. It does not matter this is weak sauce.

Don’t you see; when they first suggested the problem was a Christian-like Nationalism it should have been a red flag.

It just meant they could continue to move the goalposts and just keep on going.

The authors point out terms like Under God in the Pledge of Allegiance, National Prayer Breakfasts and allusions to divine providence in Presidential Speeches; as all patterns of Christian Nationalism.

Which makes you think where this leaves Abe Lincoln’s Inaugural Address?

This is what I think is going on here.

Before I tell you here is one critic’s take.

It seems like the authors are slamming the connection between Protestant Christianity and the Enlightenment.

I will take it further. They are slamming the US constitution drawn up by its Founders with its individual guarantee of Freedom of Religion. From its Christian perspective if it needs to be said.

This is as opposed to the group right of Freedom from Religion. This from a pluralist perspective if I have to spell it out for you.

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Ann Carriage

Political animal, interested in the story behind the story. A concepts driven individual.