SWAJ Seminars

Christian Nationalism

and Identity Politics

Course Description 

Over the past few years, and particularly since the candidacy and election of Donald Trump in 2016, Christian nationalism has increasingly become a topic of discussion among scholars, journalists, and ordinary people talking around the proverbial water cooler. But confusion remains about what Christian nationalism is, and how we should understand it. Are Christian nationalists simply Christians who crave political power? Are they political opportunists who prey on the religious? Is there some other way we should understand Christian nationalism?

In this seminar, Dan Miller explores why Christian nationalism can best be understood as a form of identity politics. Rather than understanding Christian nationalists as either power-hungry Christians or opportunistic political operatives, Christian nationalism represents an expression of a complex social identity among a large swath of the American population who feel, viscerally, that the US is properly their country, and that they are losing it to “outsiders” and “elites.”

This seminar is intended for anyone who is curious or concerned about American Christian nationalism and wants to understand it better (just a few examples: those with family members or friends in Christian nationalism, members of faith communities who are concerned about Christian nationalism, academics, journalists, clergy members).

        

Course Brochure:

Limited to 15 participants

Some Scholarship Funds Available.

Dates: First four Tuesdays

June 2022:

6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23

Time: 5pm PST/8pm EDT

Price: $400

Topics

Week 1: What Are Identity and Identity Politics?

Week 2: Who Are the Christian Nationalists?

Week 3: Identity and Nation: What do Christian nationalists want?

Week 4: The Futures of Christian Nationalism

Professor

Dan Miller, PhD

Daniel Miller, PhD, is Associate Professor of Religion and Social Thought and Chair in the Department of Liberal Studies at Landmark College. His first book, The Myth of Normative Secularism (Duquesne 2016), was a 2016 INDIES award finalist in the category of political science. His second book, Queer Democracy, was published in 2021. His work has also appeared Constellations, Soundings, Political Theology, and Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. Dan served as a Southern Baptist Minister before attending graduate school at Oxford University and Syracuse University. 

What’s Included:

  • Four Two-Hour Live Sessions (8 Hours Total)
  • Five Exclusive Videos (18-20 Minutes Each)
  • One Office Hours Meeting (30 Minutes) 
  • Participation in the Seminar Discord Server
    • Including Weekly Discussion Topics 
  • Weekly Assigned Readings 
  • Straight White American Jesus Mug

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