The Alt-Right and Christianity

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Cooksey, Mariel, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Ochs, Peter, AS-Religious Studies, University of Virginia

This capstone explores the rise and fall of the “alt-right” movement, an anti-Semitic, predominantly atheist collective of far-right political groups united by an erudite, transnational approach to white nationalism. The movement had a complicated relationship with Christianity, seeing Christianity as a damaging, pathologically altruistic phenomenon that threatened white racial kinship due to its Jewish roots. Rejecting mainstream conservatism and attributing the decline of Western civilization to liberal progressivism and Judaism, the alt-right isolated itself from religious far-rightists who might otherwise have been attracted to the movement’s politics. The alt-right's inability to appeal to an increasingly jingoistic, religious and anti-intellectual wing of the GOP led to the movement's inevitable decline, and it has since been superseded by younger, American-centric, zealously Christian far-right groups whose political and religious views are far more in line with a post-Trump Republican party.

MA (Master of Arts)
Alt-Right, White Nationalism, Groypers, Christianity, Anti-Semitism, America First , Christian Nationalism, White Supremacy, Unite the Right, Neo-Nazism, American Identity Movement , Richard Spencer, Tradcath, Identitarian, Far-Right Populism
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