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Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism Paperback – April 17, 2007
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An important work of investigative journalism.--Anna Godbersen
An important work of investigative journalism. --Anna Godbersen"
Regardless of where you fall on the moderate-to-progressive political scale, this well-written chronicle of civil liberties under siege by holy rollers will undoubtedly scare the bejesus out of you. --David Fear"
Goldberg's book will be recognized as the definitive guide to how a relatively tiny group of intellectuals, politicians, and conservatives religionists positioned themselves to take over America. This stuff is no joke. --Tony Normal"
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The most important aspect of the book is a delineation of the opposing world-views she describes, something that may be news to blue-staters: there are two competing views of American and world history, two competing standards for "science," two competing notions of reality in American life today: an Enlightenment/humanist viewpoint and a viewpoint from which the Christian God, as interpreted by the Christian Right, is King of the United States. She suggests that dialogue between the two is impossible because there is so little common ground, and that those on the center and left underestimate the seriousness of the challenge to the U.S. Constitution and values.
My only gripe with this book is that the scenario she paints is so dark that many readers may be tempted to defend themselves against the thought, rather than against the threat. She is describing real institutions, real people, real organizations whose own mission statements can be checked out with a few keystrokes at the keyboard.
This is a must-read book for anyone who values free speech, freedom of religion, or is concerned for the way their tax dollars are spent.
Ms. Goldberg explains how homeschooling has allowed superstition to be instilled in a generation of young people who are being encouraged to become politically active. Exurban megachurches provide organizers with millions of voters and activists who can be rapidly mobilized around Christian causes. The author dedicates individual chapters to discussing six areas where extremist positions have gained ground, including: revisionism of U.S. history; anti-gay rights activism; intelligent design theory (Creationism); faith-based public services; abstinence; and the U.S. court system. As Ms. Goldberg clearly shows, the Christian movement's success has been substantial and in many cases has been attributable to sympathy and support at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
Significantly, Ms. Goldberg's comparative analysis shows that extremist Christian views have gained institutional support over time. For example, she compares how the Barry Goldwater campaign of 1964 shied away from the John Birch Society in order to distance itself from the admixture of militarism with religion to the Bush administration's embrace of General William G. Boykin after he had made several outlandish public statements about divine warfare.Read more ›
For example, Goldberg repeatedly exposes a Manichean worldview in which the American body politic is literally divided into black and white, good and evil, with the Christian nationalists on one side and the rest of us on the other. (I leave it for you to guess which side is "good.") "Thus every political issue--indeed, every disputed aspect of our national life--is a struggle between good and evil" (p. 4). She quotes Pastor Rod Parsley: "Everyone asks, `Why is it so close?' The light is getting lighter and the dark is getting darker. These two opponents are not just opponents. This is a values situation. This is lightness and darkness!" (p. 51).Read more ›
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A book about the rise of Christian nationalism, a movement to create a theocratic state in the U.S. The movement is called dominionism and foments the idea that Christians have a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Russell H. Ferrell
A well researched, honest and well written account of the rise and spread of Dominionism, and it's threat to our religious and political freedoms here in the USA. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lawrence L. Piper
3.5 stars, actually.
I write in 2015, nearly 10 years after Michelle Goldberg was finishing her research for "Kingdom Coming. Read more
Evangelical Christianity in America definitely took a wrong turn with the rise of the Moral Majority and Christian nationalism beginning in the early 1980s. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tom
A very good book for understanding what has gone on in the U.S. in terms of organized religion.Published 13 months ago by Shadows
Great Seller! Loved the book! Will buy from this seller again! A++++Published 16 months ago by Billy Falin