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Now available: "Blood and Faith: Christianity in American White Nationalism" (Religion and Politics series from Syracuse Univ. Press)

http://syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/fall-2017/blood-faith.html

https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Faith-Christianity-American-Nationalism/dp/0815635443

Reviews:

Berry does a fine job bringing together the ideological, ‘biological,’ and theological strands of belief that form the bones and sinews of the race movement in the United States. (Jeffrey Kaplan School of international and Public Affairs, Jilin University, Changchun, China)

A powerful, original, and extremely timely book. Tracing the history of white nationalism in the United States, Berry examines a series of hugely influential but today little known figures and movements, revealing their key role in the broader landscape of American religious, political, and racist discourses. Perhaps most importantly, Berry's book also highlights the continuities between these twentieth century racist currents and our own historical moment, with the rise of the alt-right movement, and the resurgence of white nationalism. (Hugh Urban author of The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion)

Damon T. Berry’s Blood and Faith provides a chilling account of the development of a vexing and dangerous form of anti-Christian racial protectionism that has taken hold in some corners of the American far-right. His book capably maps a shifting landscape of anti-Semitism, atheism, neopaganism, and militant anti-statism to explain how Christianity became a problem and not a solution for many American racists. Hardly advocates for a “white Christian nation,” the influential activists and intellectuals profiled by Berry created a noxious vision of divisive white nationalism rooted in opposition to Judaism and Christianity. Berry’s unflinching effort to situate these ideas in their historical context introduces readers to an alternative vision of racial identity and cultural conservatism that has influenced movements as varied as the Ku Klux Klan and the John Birch Society in the twentieth century to the so-called Alt-Right of the twenty-first. With this important work Berry is poised to join the ranks of scholars such as Michael Barkun, Matthias Gardell, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, and Jeffery Kaplan as a leading scholar of white nationalism and violent, esoteric hate groups. (Michael J. McVicar Assistant Professor of Religion, Florida State University)