Straight White American Jesus

A podcast on religion and politics hosted by Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

Dracula, QAnon, and Crumbling Christian Empires

Brad speaks with Dr. Lucas Kwong, creator of the SWAJ spinoff podcast series Monster in the Mirror – first episode drops Halloween 2022.

They discuss how Christian nationalism is a story – a story about empire, fear of replacement, and anxiety about the other. In this story, White Christian invent monsters that they then blame for “destroying” the nation and the culture they want to protect. So, political enemies become demons. Elections become apocalyptic events. And the stakes are reduced to a battle between the Good Guys and the monsters they have invented. This explains how 19th century Gothic literature such as Dracula and War of the Worlds provides a map for understanding the monsters that contemporary American Christian nationalists have invented.

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