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Editorial: International Journal of Religion Nationalism, Populism and the Struggle for Christian Heritage and Identity

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  • Karina Bénazech Wendling

    (Université de Strasbourg, France)

  • Matthew Rowley

    (Politics and International Relations University of Leicester, UK.)

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Populism, like nationalism, can be found on the right as well as on the left-wing of the political spectrum. However, current political debates demonstrate how in recent years, nationalist and populist movements have advanced the preservation of Christian “roots” against a global cosmopolitanism. Right-wing populism thus tends to present itself as a guardian of Christian culture, or Judeo-Christian culture. However, there is a struggle over the definition and the ownership of this religious heritage. Whilst it is certainly possible to identify sources within the Protestant tradition that may legitimise support for right-wing populism, the questions this struggle raises often relate to particular intersections of culture, theology, perspectives on history as well as political thought. This special issue explores and critiques these intersections, employing theological, historical, and sociological methods. While the main perspective is that of cross-disciplinary reflections on the fraught relationship between Protestantism and right-wing populism, it also examines the evolution of broader connections between Christianity and nationalism through time.

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  • Karina Bénazech Wendling & Matthew Rowley, 2021. "Editorial: International Journal of Religion Nationalism, Populism and the Struggle for Christian Heritage and Identity," International Journal of Religion, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 2(2), pages 97-99, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:ijornl:v:2:y:2021:i:2:p:97-99
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.33182/ijor.v2i2.2073
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