Robert P. Jones on Nostalgia

“Confronted with the psychic discomfort that results from a lack of cultural confidence and security, the greatest threat to White Christian America’s descendants is the siren song of nostalgia. Faced with an unfamiliar cultural landscape, today’s white mainline Protestants may find it easier to skip excursions altogether, preferring instead to huddle in their homes and churches around yellowing photo albums of journeys past. Evangelical Protestants, on the other hand, may turn into a homegrown version of the bad American tourist–taking pride in their foreignness while continuing to operate with a sense of entitlement, even though the country no longer belongs to them. But Nostalgia is not only unfaithful to the past; it also threatens the integrity of the present.”

– Robert P. Jones – from The End of White Christian America

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