One of the longest-standing systems of institutionalized power in the United States is the dominant western form of Christianity that came to power when the Romans made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century. Christian hegemony, the everyday, pervasive, deep-seated and institutionalized dominance of society by Christian institutions, Christian leaders, and Christians as a group, has deeply shaped our lives.
This website is part of a larger project to help people recognize, analyze, and resist all forms of Christian hegemony. The goals are to promote widespread awareness of Christian hegemony, to spark a deeper analysis of how it functions in the world, and to support strategic resistance. I also hope to offer alternatives that support deeper respect for the full range of human experience, social justice and interdependence with all living things.
To be clear, this project is not a critique of individual Christians or of their beliefs. Rather, it is based on the awareness that Christian hegemony has profoundly shaped our lives here in the West.
Elements of the project include:
The new book, Living in the Shadow of the Cross, a booklet addressing the language of Dominant Christianity, academic articles, video lectures, updated blog content, exercises and other resources, in-person workshops and trainings and consultations.
I encourage all forms of participation and feedback in the project.