Again, all comments, suggestions, constructive criticism is appreciated!!!
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflection on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. New York: Verso, 2006
*Anderson’s book is the “cutting edge” source on nationalism. I plan on usingDiamond, Sara. Road to Dominion: Right Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States. New York: Guilford Press, 1995.
this book as a reference to the comparisons I hope to make between the
“Christian Nation” supporters and my belief that they constitute an imagined
community of sorts.
*Sarah Diamond explores a number of the smaller components that made up theGoldberg, Michelle. Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. New York: Norton Publishing, 2006.
conservative right as a whole. And though she doesn’t explore the “Christian
Nation” concept very much, her work is helpful in providing a framework for my
research, in addition to the historical data she provides on the origins and
evolution of conservatism in the 1970s.
*Goldberg’s book takes an in depth look at how conservatism and ChristianLambert, Frank. The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2003.
fundamentalism merged to create “Christian Nationalism.” Many of Goldberg’s
views are similar to the research I will be working on, which is why her book is
an invaluable asset in my studies. However, Goldberg falls short of comparing
Christian Nationalism to an imagined community, which is where I hope my
research will expand upon much of what she has already written in this book.
*Frank Lambert provides a very thorough and convincing argument in this book of
how the legacy of the Founding Fathers has been “hijacked” by Christian
apologists in an effort to restructure or rewrite America’s history as being
almost exclusively Christian. Lambert provides an ample number of
counterarguments to the Christian Nation claim, which are important to my
overall thesis as well.
Marsden, George. Fundamentalism and American Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
*In this book, Marsden separates fundamentalism from traditional Evangelical and
orthodox Christianity by illustrating how fundamentalism relies of grass roots
convictions and a determination to “resurrect” the “traditional” Christian
values of America’s past. As a result, Marsden’s work provides a unique take on
how components of fundamentalist Christianity infiltrated both moderate
Christian sects and political entities to create a ultra-conservative coalition.
----------. Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
*Much like his other book mentioned above, Marsden explores the differences
between fundamentalism and traditional Evangelical Christianity. In addition,
Marsden endeavors to demonstrate how fundamentalism helped to influence
traditional evangelical Christianity, especially in its support of conservative
Martin, William. With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Christian Right in America. New York: Broadway Books, 1996.
*Martin’s book describes in detail the merger between conservatism and
Christianity during the late 60s and 70s. Martin provides a list of prominent
and influential religious and political leaders who helped to lead the charge in
reshaping conservative politics. This book will be used almost exclusively for
Noll, Mark. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994.
*As one of the foremost historians of American religious history, Mark NollSnowball, David. Continuity and Change in the Rhetoric of the Moral Majority.
takes a in depth look into what he calls a “crisis” of the Evangelical mind.
According to Noll, a good portion of the evangelical community have simply
conformed to a set of beliefs and ideas regarding religion and politics. I plan on using Noll’s book a great detail in demonstrating how and why the “Christian Nation” belief has become so ingrained in the minds of religious devotees (of all denominations) today.
*Though I know very little of this book as of now, I am hopeful that it will“When Worlds Collide: Politics, Religion and Media at the 1970 East Tennessee Billy Graham Crusade. (appearance by President Richard M. Nixon).” Journal of Church and State. March 22, 1997.
provide me with some valuable insight into the Moral Majority, its goals,
*This particular article, from the Journal of Church and State,Wood, Gordon. Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.
presents an interesting analysis of how evangelism via media outlets inspired
conservatism to adopt many of the same ideas, which helped to reshape and add
credence to the conservative movement of the 70s.
*Gordon Wood, a historian of early American history, provides a detailed look
into the lives of the key Founding Fathers. And while my research has little to
do with the history of early America, I do find Wood’s work quite helpful in
demonstrating why Christian Nation apologists have looked to the founders as a
“barometer” of sorts. It is through their endeavors to “rescue” the legacy of
our Founders that the Christian Nationalists have created this imagined American
community, and this is why I will rely on Wood’s analysis of the Founders and
their continued impact on America today.
Falwell, Jerry. Falwell: An Autobiography. 1996.
*As one of the primary figures of the “Moral Majority,” Falwell played a keyFalwell, Jerry and Viguerie, Richard. The New Right We’re Ready to Lead.
role in helping to reshape American conservatism. He was also one of the
principle ushers in the “wedding” of American conservatism with Christian
fundamentalism during the 70s and 80s. As a result, Falwell’s autobiography will
prove to be a vital first-hand source for my research.
*Though I still not have this book as of now, I have been told that it providesKennedy, D. James. The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail: The Attack on Christianity and What you Need to Know to Combat it.
an interesting dialogue on how Evangelical religion played such a powerful role
in American politics.
*Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder of the Coral Ridge Ministries, was perhaps the-----------. What if America Were a Christian Nation Again? Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc., 2003.
most passionate proponent of “saving” America’s founding heritage. As a
successful and influential pastor, Kennedy became convinced that Christianity
was being eradicated from American society and that only Christians could save
it from the brink of destruction. His works are not only very enlightening to my
research, but help to recreate the atmosphere that surrounded the rise of the
Christian right in the 80s.
*Same as above
-----------. What they Believed: The Faith of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.
*Same as above.Manuel, David and Marshall, Peter. The Light and the Glory: 1492-1793. New York: Ywam Publishing, 2009 (Originally published in 1979).
*The Light and the Glory is an extremely interesting source in that it capturesViguerie, Richard. The Establisment v. The People.
the essence of “America’s Christian Founding” in a fictional story. The book has
been extremely influential in reshaping how many devout Christians
understand the founding of America, and I believe it was an important work in
helping to establish an imagined “Christian Nation” community.
*Viguerie, a prominent figure in the rise of the “Moral Majority,” wrote theWeyrich, Paul. Future 21: Directions for America in the 21st Century. 1984.
following book on why he believed the establishment had taken control over the
people. The “Christian” people of course!
*In this book, Weyrich describes his (and other prominent Evangelical leaders)
direction that he hopes the United States will take in the 21st century. It is,
of course, a pro- Christian direction, which makes it an excellent source for my
If you have any other suggestions for sources (particularly strong primary sources) please let me know!