Evangelical elites and the progressive media complex want you to think that Christian nationalism is hopelessly racist, bigoted, and an idol for right-wing Christians. Is Christian nationalism the golden calf of the religious right—or is it the only way forward?
Few “experts” answering this question actually know what nationalism is–and even fewer know what could make it Christian. In The Case for Christian Nationalism, Stephen Wolfe offers a tour-de-force argument for the good of Christian nationalism, taken from Scripture and Christian thinkers ancient, medieval, and modern. Christian nationalism is not only the necessary alternative to secularism, it is the form of government we must pursue if we want to love our neighbors and our country.
Wolfe shows that the world’s post-war consensus has successfully routed the United States towards a gynocratic Global American Empire (GAE). Rather than the religious right’s golden calf, Christian nationalism is the idea that people in the same place and culture should live together and seek one another’s good. The grace of the gospel does not eliminate our geography, our people, and our neighbors. Instead, it restores us to pursue local needs and local leadership freely and without apology.
If you want to be able to answer the political debate raging today, you must understand the arguments in The Case for Christian Nationalism.
For a free group discussion guide to this book, see here. It includes summaries and questions for each chapter of Wolfe's book.
What People Are Saying:
"A pioneering work that paves the way for a new genre of American Christian-nationalist political theory. Relentlessly innovative, it combines 18th century Presbyterian nationalist political thought with a concern for masculinity and self-reliance drawn from the contemporary dissident right" ~Yoram Hazony, author of Conservatism: A Rediscovery and The Virtue of Nationalism
"Clearly argued and forceful in its conclusions, The Case for Christian Nationalism sets the standard for today’s debates. It’s a marvelous book full of things to ponder, agree with, and argue about.” ~R.R. Reno, Editor of First Things
“The Case for Christian Nationalism is a carefully reasoned case for an approach that our nation had at our founding, and should never have abandoned. We are today living in the wreckage of that abandonment. Stephen Wolfe is to be thanked for having the courage and learning to show us our way back.” ~Douglas Wilson, pastor of Christ Church and Christianity Today award-winning author of Evangellyfish
"Wolfe gives Christians a coherent intellectual foundation that can withstand the gale force winds of our age. But political theory cannot enact itself. Christians must have the courage, manliness, fortitude, and strength to lay the groundwork in the decades ahead for what will assuredly be a multi-generational effort." ~The Federalist
“The Case For Christian Nationalism is a masterpiece. The path ahead of us as Christians is clear and I pray that once our brothers and sisters read this book they will realize that Christian Nationalism is that path. This is who we are, who we were, and who we always will be. Stephen makes the case clear as day. This book is must-read for pastors, political leaders, and everyone in between.” -Andrew Torba, bestselling author of Christian Nationalism: A Biblical Guide for Taking Dominion
“Wolfe’s book is precisely what we need in this moment. He is an accomplished scholar and provides exactly the clear, logical, precise arguments that Christian nationalists need to defend Christian engagement in politics that is anything other than the typical automatic surrender to secularism. If you want to bolster your understanding of Christian political engagement and if you want to be heavily armed with every possible argument those who demand your surrender will muster, you absolutely must read this book.” -Andrew Isker, bestselling author of Christian Nationalism: A Biblical Guide for Taking Dominion
“Wolfe’s book addresses—with unmatched depth—a subject of growing interest in both evangelical circles and wider academic and political discourse.” -Nate Fischer, entrepreneur and cofounder of American Reformer and New Founding
"Refreshing to read a new, careful text that addresses questions of classical political philosophy in light of these distinctly Christian distinctions about the nature of man.” -Clifford Humphrey, Director of Religious Coalitions at the Edmund Burke Foundation
"Wolfe has stepped into the arena with a remarkable work of Christian political theory well worth reading.... Wolfe’s book signals that a growing movement of Protestant resourcement has achieved a critical mass; he has thrown a glove down and others are sure to join him." -The American Conservative
Stephen Wolfe (PhD, Louisiana State University) is a country scholar at Wolfeshire in central North Carolina where he lives with his wife and four children. He recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Wolfe is co-host of the Ars Politica podcast and has written for Mere Orthodoxy, First Things, Chronicles Magazine, and History of Political Thought. The Case for Christian Nationalism is his first book.
PAGE COUNT: 488 pages
PUB. DATE: November 1, 2022
After seeing the interview with Stephen Wolfe, I was interested in learning more about his views. The first time I heard the term Christian Nationalist was when some coworkers asked if I was one because they learned I'm Christian. I was completely in the dark. I also recently bought the audiobook narrated by Wade Stotts. Since there were people on the Left who are worried about, I wanted to educate myself. Listening while I'm driving is a good way to recover anything I missed in reading. The only thing that puzzles me is why people have reacted negatively and I can only guess it's because they are afraid people will assume it's another version of Christian Socialism. I hope they will just read the book. It's the furthest thing from that. It sounds a lot like the America I knew when I was a child. A child in a small Southern town that was a lot like Mayberry. Nothing scary here.
A defense of that political order under which all people are most likely to be happy and prosperous.
Thorough dive into historic Reformed political thought that will challenge you and edify you.
Phenomenal book written by our brother in Christ, Stephen Wolfe. A must read for any Christian who is fed up with secular American culture and Government, and is looking for answers.
I have enjoyed the book. It starts slow but laying a foundation usually does. Once I got to the last three chapters it was hard to stop reading. As most things discussed are going on around us. Unfortunately most Christians see Old America as a place to visit on vacation but we will never return there. I learned a few things about conscience and the early American beliefs at the time.
Good book but it’s to top down it’s to revolutionary, we need a cold reformation not a hot reformation. Doug Wilson view of Christian nationalism is more theologically correct.
Wolfe makes some good points about basic features of being human that are not the result of the Fall, and hence are not abolished by the coming of the Gospel. To someone like myself, who was raised in a sort of hippie Anabaptist atmosphere where I was given to understand that loyalty to your own country is idolatry and that we are morally obligated to love all people with the exact same level of sacrifice we would give to our immediate family, I can only say Amen. The naive idea that we can literally live with all men as brothers, with no national or family boundaries and an equal obligation to every living person, places a huge and unnecessary burden on an earnest young Christian. I'm about halfway through the book, and so far haven't encountered any major points with which I disagree. Instead, these are ideas that I have come to myself, slowly and painstakingly, over years of Bible study and thought about what are my obligations in the world. In that way, reading Wolfe is a little like reading Thomas Sowell. A little.
My main complaint is that - dare I say it? - Wolfe is just not a very compelling writer. His book is thoroughly thought -out and researched, but reading it is a slog. For comparison, when I read a Thomas Sowell book I usually end up bingeing on it. Not so with Wolfe. I've noticed this too when I've heard him interviewed to promote the book. He's just not that great at expressing himself. Okay, but not great. It is possible that I am spoiled by having read so much Douglas Wilson. Since this book is published by Canon Press, and since Wilson in his blog has been explaining some basic concepts that underly the concept of Christian nationalism (for example, "not whether, but which"), I guess I was hoping this book would deliver Wilson-quality writing. It doesn't. To be fair, that is a pretty high standard.
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