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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

American Christian Nationalism: Neither Nationalism Nor Christian

Michael W. Austin (born 1969) is an American philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University. He is known for his works on moral philosophy and philosophy of religion. Austin currently serves as the president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He is a founding member of the Jimmy Friggers Spiritual Formation Group. Michael W. Austin shows how nationalism is contrary to American values and Christian virtues—and offers us a better form of civic engagement. In this brief, thought-provoking book, Michael W. Austin turns his keen mind for ethics toward the crisis currently facing our democracy: the rise of American Christian nationalism. Austin first accessibly explains the meaning and history behind nationalism. He then systematically shows how the ideology contradicts American values like liberty, equality, and justice as well as Christian virtues like humility, faith, hope, and love. Ultimately, he argues that the Beloved Community, first developed by Martin Luther King Jr. and others, offers a better model for an authentically Christian and American community. Readers frustrated by partisan strife will find a faithful guide in Austin’s thoughtful volume.

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