52% of Americans are either “ambassadors” or “accommodators” of Christian nationalism.
Christian nationalism goes back hundreds of years, but the concept has drawn attention recently as Republican lawmakers openly embrace aspects of the ideology and call for Christianity to play a larger role in American life and institutions.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado said in June she is “tired of this separation of church and state junk” and “the church is supposed to direct the government.” Former President Donald Trump in July appeared to conflate being American with being Christian, saying “Americans kneel to God, and God alone.” And Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has repeatedly identified herself as a Christian nationalist, saying the GOP should be the party of Christian nationalism.
Greene and other proponents of Christian nationalism have suggested those sounding the alarm on the concept are simply part of the “godless left” who hate both the US and God. But some Republicans and Christians have also condemned the concept, with critics saying it runs counter to both American and Christian values.
So, what is Christian nationalism?