Journal of Discipliana

Document Type

Book Review


The 2023 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), held in Louisville, Kentucky, received and affirmed sense-of-the-assembly resolution GA-2341 condemning Christian Nationalism. With this resolution, those gathered at the General Assembly resolved “that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denounces Christian Nationalism in all its forms as a distortion of the Christian faith, and commits to opposing it wherever it appears, for the sake of the gospel and the good of the human family.” In addition to the resolution, the 2023 Peter Ainslie and Forrest F. Reed Lecture, held as part of the Christian Unity and Interfaith Ministries/Disciples of Christ Historical Society Dinner, featured Andrew L. Whitehead, the author of American Idolatry. Whitehead’s lecture underscored the message given in the assembly resolution, reminding us that Christian nationalism is a threat not only to democracy but more importantly for the church, it is a betrayal of the Gospel.

Author Bio

The Rev. Dr. Robert D. Cornwall is a retired Disciples pastor, who in retirement serves as a Minister-at-Large, author, theologian, and board chair for the Christian Unity and Interfaith Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.