New Academic Research About Christian Nationalism and the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new academic study reveals that the resistance to rules in the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to what people believe about Christian nationalism. Several academics from various schools in the Midwest are involved in this research. This is a brief post encouraging people to read an article at the Religion News Service that explains the thinking behind this issue.

“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”

Charles De Gaulle 

“Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall[d] she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:

Proverbs 1:20-21 NIV

This is going to be a brief post but I want to push an article written at The Religion News Service that was published recently. They did a piece about the COVID-19 pandemic and how Christian nationalism is affecting it. How a person responds to the pandemic is based not upon science but their view of Christian nationalism. For some that has become the overriding factor. Consider what is said in the following paragraph form an academic from the University of Oklahoma. 

Christian nationalists have indicated over several studies that … they are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, more likely to distrust the media and more likely to distrust scientists and feel like there’s some kind of conspiratorial agenda that is behind all of that,” said Samuel Perry, associate professor of sociology at the University of Oklahoma, in an interview. To read more go to, “How Christian nationalism may determine whether you wear a mask.” 

3 thoughts on “New Academic Research About Christian Nationalism and the COVID-19 Pandemic

  1. I don’t tend to think of these associations as any kind of causation, rather I look at it mostly as “birds of a feather flock together.” Because of this or that belief, people get drawn into a particular orbit, and soon they are embedded firmly within a tribe and inside a media echo chamber, and soon they have bought into the whole menu of beliefs and views within that orbit. The group may have begun as disparate rations, but soon they become one near-homogeneous collective. That is one of my biggest criticisms against Christians who embed themselves into the partisan political movements, sooner or later they will have simply bought into everything that is espoused by members of that movement, and their Christian beliefs fade into the background and the political noise comes to the foreground.

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    • I like how you phrased that Dave. About how people adopt the beliefs of the movement and their Christian faith fades into the background while their political beliefs come to the foreground. It will be interesting to see if this research brings about more research on Christian nationalism. I very much want to see it buried and disappear as it serves no constructive purpose.


      • I think I meant to write “disparate reasons” in the one sentence, not “disparate ratios.”

        Yes, I have seen people enter that political media orbit as really thoughtful, knowledgeable Christians, and transition over a relatively short time into conspiracy theorists and hardliners who now see so many people as threats, and their focus becomes partisan defense of their political tribe.


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