- Gap founder Andrew Torba’s book was an Amazon bestseller a week after it was released.
- The book summarizes the authors’ vision of a Christian national community and how to reach it.
- Christian nationalism was increasingly embraced by conservative figures and Republican legislators.
Gab founder Andrew Torba’s new book is a guide to Christian nationalism, marking a recent shift in which it has become common for public figures to publicly embrace the concept.
Christian Nationalism: A Biblical Guide to Taking Sovereignty and Making Disciples of Nations Written by Torba and Andrew Esker, a priest from Minnesota. The abbreviated book, published independently, is listed as No. 12 bestseller In the Nonfiction Book category on Amazon a week after its release last month. At the time of writing, it has a 4.7 star rating with 745 reviews.
Christian nationalism It can generally be reduced to the belief that Christianity should enjoy a privileged position in American society.
Although it is not a new concept, It has been embraced by increasingly prominent conservative figures In the last years. Representative Marjorie Taylor Green He is publicly identified as a Christian nationalist, even selling items using the descriptor, while Representative Lauren Poubert has embraced her principles“The church is supposed to direct the government,” he said.
Sociologists Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Berry wrote in 2020: “Simply put, Christian nationalism is a cultural framework—a collection of myths, traditions, symbols, stories, and value systems—that idealizes and advocates the integration of Christianity with American civic life.” the book, Reclaiming America to God: Christian Nationalism in the United States. The book examines how Christian nationalism shapes Americans’ views of society and politics.
However, embracing the ideology is not black and white but a spectrum, with some Americans believing aspects of the concept while rejecting others. Torba’s book illustrates this, as his description of Christian nationalism differs in some ways from the academic understanding of it.
But his central theme is consistent: American society and government must be guided by Christian principles and led by Christians.
Building a Parallel Christian Society
turba platform, Missed, which was founded in 2016 and promotes itself as a free-speech social network that does not moderate content like the most popular sites. It has also been linked to the far right, Gaining a bad reputation in 2018 When a shooter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh launched an antisemitic speech at the site before carrying out the attack. many Conservatives also flocked to the site In 2021 when former President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter.
Torba and Ecker write that “Christian nationalism is a spiritual, political, and cultural movement of Christians working to build a Christian community grounded in a biblical world view,” adding that Christian nationalists today “seek to re-establish states that recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the King, and the Christian faith.” public as the basis of state government, and state laws that reflect (in every possible and reasonable way) Christian morals and charity.”
Such ideas are consistent with a common understanding of Christian nationalism. However, the book also states that Christian nationalists do not believe the United States has a special relationship with God, and instead emphasize the Christian mandate to disciple or convert people of all nations to religion.
The book describes modern American society as one of moral decadence, in which God has been rejected and Satan’s agents invade “every aspect of our country and culture.” The book says our society is one that has seen “half a century of legal infanticide” and an “annual month-long celebration of sodomy,” rejecting abortion rights and gay pride. The authors also defend traditional gender roles and reject transgender people in extreme terms.
These themes reappear repeatedly throughout the book, which also guides American Christians on how to live, discuss their faith, and convert others. But rather than seeking to transform society into a Christian one, the book advocates the formation of a parallel Christian community that can take over when our current society fails, which the authors say is inevitable.
“Our primary goal is to build a parallel Christian society, economy, and infrastructure that will fill the vacuum of the secular state when it falls,” the authors wrote. The concept is not new to Torba, who often He discusses his plans for a parallel Christian economy.
Non-Christians are free to stay – but do not serve in leadership positions
The authors wrote that the ideal Christian nation described in the book may include some non-Christians. But at another point they say, “We are Christians and our worldview is in direct conflict and threatens all other false views. It is time to start acting like this.”
They also write that leaders and influential figures must be Christians, just as Christian principles must guide every aspect of society, government, and home life.
Torba – who was accused of anti-Semitismincluding Anti-Defamation League – His co-author devoted an entire chapter to rejecting the idea of shared “Judeo-Christian” values, describing the term itself as a problem. The chapter begins with a letter to journalists expecting “CTRL + F” to be for “Jews” in order to find quotes that “go out of context,” and is for ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, both of whom are Jewish.
Turba has said earlier That Shapiro—just like any non-Christian, including Jews, atheists, or agnostics—is not welcome in the Christian movement.
The authors continue to describe Christianity and Judaism as “incompatible” and “irreconcilable” religions, but write that the Jewish people must convert to Christianity and will convert to Christianity with the rest of the world.
Far from being ‘anti-Semitic’, a proper understanding of this shows a deep concern for their souls!” They write, adding that Christians “should pray much for the Jewish people to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.”
The public embrace the concept of taboo to some extent
Scholars of Christian nationalism and Christian nationalists themselves are quick to point out that these ideas are not new. However, the separation of church and state has long been a widely accepted and prevalent view in the United States.
According to Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Joint Baptist Commission on Religious Freedom, many of the ideals that Christian Nationalists proudly espouse have been less common in mainstream politics than they have been in recent years.
said Tyler, lead organizer of Christians against Christian nationalism In previous statements to Insider, she added, “Sadly I see this almost single-player game in some circles, which could be the biggest Christian nationalist.”
Berry, one of the authors of Reclaiming America for God, also referred to this shift in a tweet which featured Torba’s book, as well as another recently released pro-Christian title.
We have now moved beyond ‘Christian nationalism does not exist’ and ‘marginal Christian nationalism’ to the whole arguments for ‘Christian nationalism is the only way forward. “