Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

Any book has a long list of people without whom it would not have been written. This one is no exception. I have space to name only a few individuals, but let me say that a number of teachers, colleagues, friends, and confidants from Ohio State’s Department of Comparative Studies...

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Introduction: Racial Protectionism and White Religion

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pp. 1-18

For specific historical reasons, the name “Religious Right” in America has referred exclusively to a politically and socially conservative Christianity that emerged into public view during the presidential race in 1980. This movement, of course, signified a particular wedding of socially conservative...

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1. Revilo Oliver and the Emerging Racialist Critique of Christianity

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pp. 19-43

Revilo Pendleton Oliver, though he has been sometimes overlooked or even forgotten, is one of the most important figures in the development of American white nationalism. He of course was not the first person to express racial nationalist sentiment in America, and he founded...

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2. William Pierce and the Cosmotheist Critique of Christianity

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pp. 44-73

In the previous chapter, we saw that Revilo Oliver had become one of the staunchest racial nationalist critics of Christianity and American conservatism, which he essentially felt were ideological hindrances to the survival of the white race and therefore had to be rejected totally. Oliver’s...

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3. Anti-Christianity in Ben Klassen’s “Racial Holy War”

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pp. 74-101

When one discusses racism on the far right, one risks diverting attention from its centrality to the American experience. Discourses concerning racist extremists tend to marginalize or obscure everyday racism and institutionalized forms of discrimination that still exist. Moreover...

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4. “Authentic” Whiteness and Protectionism in Racialist Odinism

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pp. 102-127

Since racialist Odinism first emerged in the early 1970s, it has become one of the most popular religious alternatives in the white nationalist milieu. The attraction to Norse myth as an articulation of original and untainted Europeanness and to the imagery of berserker Vikings as...

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5. Esoteric Racialism and Christianity

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pp. 128-154

As we embark on another complicated topic in this chapter, we have to carefully consider the terms we use, very much as we had to in the previous chapter. For example, in 2005 Pope Benedict XVI spoke at a synagogue in Germany that was destroyed by Nazis. During the visit, he...

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6. The North American New Right and Contemporary White Nationalism’s Latest Religious Adaptations

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pp. 155-190

I began this book by describing Revilo Oliver’s parallel criticism of Christianity and rejection of conservative politics, both of which evolved with his innovative racial nationalist ideas. At the same time as Oliver’s critique of Christianity sharpened to eventual rejection, Else Christensen began...

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Conclusion: Making White Nationalism Familiar

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pp. 191-198

In an interview in 1940, Henri Bergson claimed that the events Hitler put in motion had confirmed his thesis in The Two Sources.1 By the time he gave this interview, the Third Reich had become Bergson’s paradigmatic example of all that he had written in the early 1930s. It was inarguably...

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Epilogue: The “Alt-Right,” Trumpian Populism, and White Religious America

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pp. 199-208

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the National Policy Institute held a conference at the Ronald Reagan Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, to discuss the electoral victory of Donald Trump and to celebrate the influence that the Alt-Right had during...

Notes

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pp. 209-234

Bibliography

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pp. 235-250

Index

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pp. 251-268

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About the Author

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p. 269

Damon T. Berry is assistant professor of religion at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He has published in the Journal of Hate Studies and the Security Journal and has two essays in edited volumes forthcoming.