Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) - Episode 531 - Pamela Cooper-White and the Psychology of Christian Nationalism
About the book: The Psychology of Christian Nationalism
How do we overcome polarization in American society? How do we advocate for justice when one side won't listen to the other and cycles of outrage escalate?
These questions have been pressing for years, but the emergence of a vocal, virulent Christian nationalism have made it even more urgent that we find a way forward.
In her recent book,The Psychology of Christian Nationalism, our guest, Pamela Cooper-White uncovers the troubling extent of Christian nationalism, explores its deep psychological roots, and discusses ways in which advocates for justice can safely and effectively attempt to talk across the deep divides in our society.
The Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, PhD, LCPC is the Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor Emerita of Psychology and Religion and Dean Emerita at Union Theological Seminary, New York, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of New York, and a licensed and national board certified psychotherapist. An award-winning author, she has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and 10 books, including The Cry of Tamar: Violence against Women and the Church’s Response (in 2nd ed., 2012); Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective (2007); Old & Dirty Gods: Religion, Antisemitism, and the Origins of Psychoanalysis (2019); and The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn in and How to Talk across the Divide (2022), which won the INDIE independent publishers’ Gold award for Political and Social Sciences. She holds two PhDs, from Harvard University (historical musicology) and the Chicago Institute for Clinical Social Work (in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and research), and was the 2013-14 Fulbright-Freud Scholar in Vienna, Austria. She is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association; honorary member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP); past President and founding board member of the International Association for Spiritual Care in Bern, Switzerland, and serves on the boards of the Freud Foundation U.S. (Freud Museum Vienna); the Journal of Pastoral Theology; and the Psychology, Culture, and Religion Steering Committee/American Academy of Religion. She is a frequent speaker both in the U.S. and internationally.
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