From Megyn Kelly's claim that Jesus is white to former President Trump's claim that he is the “chosen one” or the “King of Israel,” there is serious trouble in paradise. Contemporary manifestations of white Christian nationalism are deeply entangled in political issues from women’s political rights over their own bodies to the rejection of Critical Race Theory (CRT). Carrying Christian signs and crosses, protestors at the Capitol insurrection on January 6th were not only fighting with a sense of white nationalist duty but fighting with a religious zeal, making this a pressing moment in the current time to which this volume speaks.
This edited collection invites scholars share frustration, anger, interrogation, and conceptual clarity with readers regarding this toxic form of Christianity that fights not in the name of love, but in the name of political domination and out of deep fear and hatred. Attention is also brought to Christianity’s counter-voice, one predicated upon love, and its effectiveness to resist not just deep political pro-white forces at work, but also its capacity to focus emphasis upon Christian love. The text is designed to speak to the contemporary moment with respect to the explicit and implicit ways in which white nationalism and white Christianity continue to be entangled and reinforce one another. Contributors are asked to articulate what is behind this racially, politically, ideologically, psychically charged whiteness of Christianity in the US, and to articulate what is beyond the whiteness of Christianity for both Christians and non-Christians alike concerned with the rise of white Christian nationalism.
George Yancy is the author, editor, and co-editor of over 20 books, including Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America. He is known for his influential essays and interviews in the New York Times' philosophy column, The Stone. Yancy lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is professor of philosophy at Emory University.
Bill Bywater is emeritus professor of philosophy at Allegheny College. He has published in aesthetics and media studies including a book on the English art critic Clive Bell. His most recent work on social justice, education and democracy can be found in edited volumes by Solymosi and Schook, by Hanes and Weisman, by Yancy, and by Ducey, Headley, and Feagin as well as an interview with Noelle McAfee in the Kettering Review. He is a pragmatist in the tradition of John Dewey.
J. Kameron Carter is professor of religious studies, English, and African American studies at Indiana University Bloomington. He is co-director of Indiana University’s Center for Religion and the Human. He is author of Race: A Theological Account, The Anarchy of Black Religion: A Mystic Song, and The Religion of Whiteness: An Apocalyptic Lyric.
Foreword by J. Kameron Carter
Introduction by George Yancy
Introduction by Bill Bywater
Mary Magdalene Sings
Mark Lewis Taylor
Anna Floerke Scheid
Narrative Wars and School Dominance
Todd M. Mealy
Marinus Chijioke Iwuchukwu
Biko Mandela Gray
and Whiteness in American Christianity
Traci C. West
Josiah Ulysses Young III
Dean J. Johnson
Anthropological Docetism and the Forging of Idols
José Francisco Morales Torres
Anthony Paul Smith
About the Contributors
In Sheep’s Clothing is a collection of compelling essays that dig at the roots of white Christian nationalism. Especially in this threatening moment of American history, with Christianity occupying center stage, George Yancy and Bill Bywater have drawn together well-researched, intelligent resources that revolutionary lovers of justice can turn to repeatedly for moral and political wisdom. I know I will.
The violence unleashed in attempting to forcefully install a white Christian nationalist nation will only intensify as those in sheep's clothing continue in normalizing and legitimizing their idolatry. This volume provides a much-needed critical assessment for such a time as this. A must read for all interested in standing against this clear and present danger.