Sum: #ChristianNationalism may exist, & it's bad, but the fusion of faith & nation is fringe, not mainstream among white evangelicals (WEs).

False. Chart 1: Majorities of WEs say founding docs are inspired, US has special relationship w/God, & gov should declare US Christian. 1/
Chart 2: We can compare those PDES trends above to publicly available data in the BRS with identical measures. Identical trend. The majority of WEs think the United States has special relationship with God and the federal government should declare the US a Christian nation. 2/
From a different angle, in the 2014 GSS we see the majority of white evangelicals (two-thirds of those over 50 years) think that being a Christian is "very important" to being truly American. So here the majority conflate Christian identity w/civic belonging. 3/
So no, indicators of #ChristianNationalism are NOT FRINGE among evangelicals.

In our book we find between 75-80% of WEs fall into the categories of Accommodator (friendly) or Ambassadors (true believers) of #ChristianNationalism.

CN is mainstream. 4/4

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I know, it's a stupid question. I hate the word & there's a 99% chance if you've ever labeled someone "woke" you're an a-hole. But folks are giving sermon series denouncing wokeness so let's try to quantify it. 1/
Let's assume just for the sake of argument someone who's truly "woke" is the kind of person who favors 1) reparations; 2) tearing down Confederate statues; 3) defunding police; and 4) INSISTS on discussing racial issues.

Sound fair? Our PDES data actually has such measures. 2/
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THREAD: I've made a shortlist of books that were most formative to me as we wrote our forthcoming book on #ChristianNationalism ( If you're into the topic, here are some books you MUST own (not rank ordered). Coauthor @ndrewwhitehead will add his own list
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1. Just the tip of the iceberg in terms of CN research.
2. I focused on contemporary influences.
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Just read another article where someone use the terms interchangeably & we gotta stop it. 1/8
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