The Christian History of “America First”

While many Christians have criticized the Trump administration’s embrace of an “America First” policy, the pre-WWII movement that made that phrase famous had the support of a wide array of American Christians. [Read more…]

I Do Not Owe “Total Allegiance” to America

In his inaugural address, Donald Trump exhorted “total allegiance” to the U.S.A. That’s not a commitment Christians (or students of 20th century history) should make. [Read more…]

A Very Nazi Christmas

Under National Socialism, Christmas in Germany featured a mix of de-Christianized traditions, neopagan rituals, and gendered stereotypes. [Read more…]

India Today and Hindu Nationalism

After traveling in the United States, G. K. Chesterton famously described America as “a nation with the soul of the a church.” Something akin to this could be said of India, but to church one must quickly add Buddhist stupa, Jain mandir, Sikh gurdwara, Parsi dar-e mihr, Muslim mosque, and, not least, Hindu temple. Indeed, [Read More…]

Putin-Loving Evangelicals

Despite some recent reports that the second ceasefire in the war in Ukraine is “generally holding,” there is not much reason for hope. The Ukrainian military says that pro-Russian rebels has attacked 112 times since early Sunday morning. Kiev says that it won’t remove heavy weapons from the front line. And the most recent headline [Read More…]

IMAGINING COMMUNITIES

I have been posting recently about how societies and groups construct their memories, and through that process, define their identities. When I say “constructing,” that need have no implication of deceit or forgery: rather, it means that multiple memories are available, and we choose to emphasize some rather than others. History is always being rewritten, [Read More…]