Philip S. Gorski is Professor of Sociology, Director of Graduate Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University. His recent publications include The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Growth of State Power in Early Modern Europe (Chicago, 2003) and Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion (Stanford, 2004). Current projects include edited volumes on “Bordieusian Theory and Historical Analysis” and a monograph entitled “Religious America, Secular Europe?”
Many white evangelicals seem not to realize that American democracy has also been good for American Christianity and that too close an association between worldly and spiritual power will ultimately diminish both.
What worries me…is the fact that Christian anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism forms the historical and theological ectoplasm out of which the invisible specter of whiteness emerges.