The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism

Brad Onishi

Brad Onishi

11 a.m., November 5, 2023

Join the Humanist Forum at the Mountain View Senior Center, where Brad Onishi will present to us, OR join us on Zoom.

This Sunday Brad Onishi will join us in person to discuss and answer questions about white Christian nationalism. This is a joint event with the Atheist Community of San Jose.

Brad Onishi is a social commentator, scholar, writer, teacher, coach, and co-host of the Straight White American Jesus (SWAJ) podcast. Brad seeks to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange by providing insight into life’s most fundamental questions. His show, SWAJ, ranks in the top 50 of Politics shows on Apple’s podcast charts – ahead of programs from NPR, the NYT, and other national outlets.

After growing up in a non-religious home in Southern California, Brad converted to evangelicalism at a local megachurch at age fourteen. By twenty, he was in charge of a two-hundred-student youth group. After seven years in ministry, he decided to pursue a master’s in theology at Oxford. Soon after arriving in Oxford, he deconstructed his faith and began to study religion historically and philosophically.

In 2018 he started the Straight White American Jesus podcast with his former Oxford colleague Dan Miller. SWAJ is a religion and politics podcast that focuses on Christian nationalism in the United States. Both Dan and Brad are former insiders within the movement. As scholars of religion, they have the training and tools to add layers to these experiences and to interview scholars and journalists who provide a critical lens to some of the most pressing issues of our day.

Brad’s most recent book is Preparing for War: the Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism – And What Comes Next (Broadleaf Books 2023).

Brad is an adjunct professor in the University of San Francisco College of Arts and Sciences. He is co-chair of the Secularism and Secularity Group of the American Academy of Religion, a faculty research associate of UC Berkeley Committee on the Study of Religion, and on the editorial board of Oxford Religion Encyclopedia.

11/5/23 Brad Onishi from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.


You can attend our forums in person with fellow humanists at the Mountain View Senior Center at 266 Escuela Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040. Lunch will be served after the forum. We request a $10 donation for lunch.

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