The Religion of American Greatness: What’s Wrong with Christian Nationalism

IVP Academic. Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781514000267. $30. POL SCI
A massively important book, Miller’s work is essential reading for anyone curious about how the Evangelical movement got into bed with Donald Trump. Miller, a scholar and former member of the Bush and Obama administrations, knows politics and history. He is also a devout and conservative Christian. He explores such topics as Christian and American identity, nationalism vs. patriotism, and why some Christians may have felt neglected or rejected by what they saw as political and media elites. He also examines why this movement was vulnerable to Trump, who promised them respect and that he would defend them. He would be their strong man in the White House. With passion for his faith and his credentials as a conservative, Miller’s arguments carry a power and authority not found in similar works by secular sources. He treats both sides of his arguments with equal seriousness. His book provides a powerful history and analysis of Christian nationalism and why a religion of American greatness is bad, both for America and for religion.
VERDICT Miller’s book is nothing less than essential reading in this over-heated moment. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries, plus contemporary religion collections.
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