American Heresy: The Roots and Reach of White Christian Nationalism
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American Heresy: The Roots and Reach of White Christian Nationalism  -     By: John Fanestil

American Heresy: The Roots and Reach of White Christian Nationalism

Fortress Press / 2023 / Paperback

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American Heresy uncovers the complex legacy of America's founding principles, demonstrating how the very same values have produced both good fruit and the bitter harvest of white Christian nationalism. John Fanestil adeptly traces an early American story that reaches into our present with alarming immediacy.

Using cogent examples from the earliest days of colonial settlement through the Revolutionary War era, Fanestil helps us understand how many of the principles we view as paradigmatic expressions of American identity have had contested histories from the start. Virtue has brought both self-sacrifice and extremism; progress, both cultural pride and white racism. The very same principles that underpin the United States' proudest moments also forged the white Christian nationalism that fruited so dangerously in the Capitol insurrection of January 6, 2021.

The implications of Fanestil's complex history are highly pertinent—and alarming. Far from a fringe movement embraced by a violent few, white Christian nationalism is a spiritual inheritance shared by all white American Christians. Grappling with this history is vital if the United States is ever to move beyond its tragic legacy as a white settler society.

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Title: American Heresy: The Roots and Reach of White Christian Nationalism
By: John Fanestil
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 165
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2023
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 1506489230
ISBN-13: 9781506489230
Stock No: WW6489230

Author Bio

John Fanestil holds a PhD in American history from the University of Southern California and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Fanestil's previous books include Mrs. Hunter's Happy Death (Doubleday, 2006) and One Life to Give (Fortress, 2021). An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Fanestil serves as executive director of Via International, a nonprofit serving border communities in San Diego and Tijuana.

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