First Baptist Events Explore ‘Christian Nationalism’

POTTSTOWN PA – An examination of a movement known as “Christian Nationalism” and its potential effect on democracy will be the subjects of a three-part webinar presented during October by Word&Way, a Missouri-based publishing company, and sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Pottstown. The online events are scheduled for three consecutive Sundays, Oct. 2, 9, and 16, each beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Titled as “Ungodly Union: The Danger of Christian Nationalism,” the webinar explores Christian Nationalism as “the assertion that the United States is officially a Christian nation, and should be governed explicitly by Christian leaders.” The premise is not new, according to Word&Way, but the company acknowledges “it is receiving increasing attention.”

The webinars, led by Word&Way facilitators Brian Kaylor and Beau Underwood, intend to engage participants in small and large group discussions. They will look at “what Christian Nationalism is, why it is a threat to democracy, and how it is a distortion of the Christian faith.” All three events are free, but advance registration is required. For information and a registration link, see the church’s webpage, here.

“Baptist Christians have a 300-year commitment to religious freedom for all people,” First Baptist pastor, the Rev. Dr. Marcia Bailey, said, “which is why we offer this opportunity to all religious communities in our area, and to non-religious people as well. Jews, Muslims, and many others are threatened by the idea of a Christian America, but authentic Christian faith is endangered as well.”

Kaylor is president and editor-in-chief of Word&Way, described as an award-winning Baptist publication based in Jefferson City MO. He is an ordained Baptist pastor, he holds a doctorate in political communication. Underwood serves Word&Way as its vice president for external affairs and senior editor. A pastor within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he is also working on his doctorate in public affairs.

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