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Religions 2017, 8(1), 2; doi:10.3390/rel8010002

“This World Is Not My Home”: Richard Mouw and Christian Nationalism

Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI 49283, USA
Academic Editors: Mark T. Edwards and Christine A. James
Received: 6 November 2016 / Revised: 22 December 2016 / Accepted: 23 December 2016 / Published: 27 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christian Nationalism in the United States)
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American evangelicalism has often been punctuated by dual commitments to the United States and to God. Those commitments were strongest within politically conservative evangelicalism. Though representing a solid majority among professing evangelicals, conservatives could not speak for the movement as a whole. Politically progressive evangelicals, beginning in the 1960s, formed a dissenting opinion of the post-World War II revival of Christian nationalism. They dared to challenge American action abroad, noticeably during the Vietnam War. Their critique of Christian nationalism and conservative evangelicals’ close ties to the Republican Party led them to seek refuge in either progressive policies or the Democratic Party. A third, underexplored subgroup of evangelicalism rooted in reformed theology becomes important to consider in this regard. These reformed evangelicals sought to contextualize nationalism in biblical rather than partisan or political terms. This goal is championed well by Richard Mouw, resulting in a nuanced look at evangelical Christians’ difficult dual role as both citizens of the Kingdom of God and the United States. View Full-Text
Keywords: evangelicalism; nationalism; Mouw; reformed; Calvinism; Kuyper; Biblicism evangelicalism; nationalism; Mouw; reformed; Calvinism; Kuyper; Biblicism
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