In Bonhoeffer’s day, Adolf Hitler and members of the Nazi Party embodied the “Christian-conservative, imperial populist front.” Today, we have comparable characters and movements in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere.
Despite changes in historical circumstances, location, or personalities, heretical religiopolitical movements have contaminated Christianity since its inception. The universal sine qua non or essential condition of Christian orthodoxy is the centrality of Christ and love for God and humanity. Anything that distorts, dismisses, or diminishes the centrality of Jesus Christ – his mission, ministry, model, and message – is heretical.
Today’s most predominant and dangerous heresy is Christian nationalism, made even worse in its racialized forms. Proponents of racialized Christian nationalism substitute ethnic identity, citizen status, chauvinistic patriotism, or racial superiority, in place of transcendent moral and spiritual allegiance to Christ.
In this learning series, we are exploring the characteristics of Christian nationalism, while we consider and formulate ways to combat its deleterious effects. TDBI stands unequivocally against Christian nationalism, its corruption of the Christian faith, and its threat to human flourishing. We recognize that one of the best ways to learn about the problem and its adherents is to examine primary source material, and in our discussion of these works, do not seek to promote the dissemination of these dangerous ideas. With this in mind, we suggest seeking out some of these readings from your public library, used booksellers, or online.