religion, populism


Populism, like nationalism, can be found on the right as well as on the left-wing of the political spectrum. However, current political debates demonstrate how in recent years, nationalist and populist movements have advanced the preservation of Christian “roots” against a global cosmopolitanism. Right-wing populism thus tends to present itself as a guardian of Christian culture, or Judeo-Christian culture. However, there is a struggle over the definition and the ownership of this religious heritage. Whilst it is certainly possible to identify sources within the Protestant tradition that may legitimise support for right-wing populism, the questions this struggle raises often relate to particular intersections of culture, theology, perspectives on history as well as political thought. This special issue explores and critiques these intersections, employing theological, historical, and sociological methods. While the main perspective is that of cross-disciplinary reflections on the fraught relationship between Protestantism and right-wing populism, it also examines the evolution of broader connections between Christianity and nationalism through time.


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Author Biographies

Karina Bénazech Wendling, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Karina Bénazech Wendling

PhD candidate

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, PSL / GSRL-CNRS

Assistant Lecturer, Université de Strasbourg

2 chemin du Kreuzweg, 68140 Hohrod, France

E-mail: karina.benazech@etu.ephe.psl.eu


Matthew Rowley, Department of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

Dr Matthew Rowley, FRHistS  

Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of History, Politics and International Relations University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK 
E-mail: mpr22@le.ac.uk  





How to Cite

Wendling, K. B. ., & Rowley, M. (2021). Editorial. International Journal of Religion, 2(2), 97–99. https://doi.org/10.33182/ijor.v2i2.2073