Brad does a preview from a key chapter in his new book. He argues that we should see purity culture – the movement for sexual purity in every way that swept through evangelical spaces in the 1990s – as an outworking of Christian nationalism. For Brad, Christian nationalism is the original purity culture because Christian nationalism is about creating and sustaining a pure nation – a nation that is ordered the right way with White Christians in power and everyone else knowing their place on the margins. Christian nationalism wants a pure national body. Purity culture is the attempt to create that nation by purifying teenage flesh from not only sexual licentiousness, but also all the elements that might make the national body impure – queerness, mixed races, and foreigners.
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