Issues Class Presents: Christian Nationalism

Four-Week ZOOM Series Presented by John Fea, Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at Messiah University

April 22, 2021


Derry Church welcomes back John Fea to lead a four-week ZOOM series on the topic of Christian Nationalism. The lectures in this series include:

MAY 2: America as a Christian Nation: The History of an Idea CLICK TO WATCH THIS SESSION
This lecture will explore the ways American have understood themselves as a Christian nation, from the early 19th century to the present.

MAY 9:  The Bible and the American Revolution CLICK TO WATCH THIS SESSION
This lecture will explore the way the Bible was used to both justify and oppose the American Revolution.

MAY 16: Was the American Revolution a Christian Event?
This lecture will examine the place of religion in the coming of the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the various state constitutions.

MAY 23: The Faith of the Founders
What did the founding fathers believe about Christianity and its relationship to republican government?

John Fea (Ph.D, Stony Brook University, 1999) is Distinguished Professor of American History at Messiah University, where he has taught since 2002.

His first book, The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), was chosen as the Book of the Year by the New Jersey Academic Alliance and an Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. His book Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011) was one of three finalists for the George Washington Book Prize, one of the largest literary prizes in the United States.

He is the author or editor of six books, most recently, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump and his essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and popular venues.  He blogs daily at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  

Dr. Fea first lectured at Derry Church in 2012 on the topic, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? This two-part audio lecture is available on request.