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Starred Review. In an impressive piece of lucid journalism, Salon.com reporter Goldberg dives into the religious right and sorts out the history and networks of what to most liberals is an inscrutable parallel universe. She deconstructs "dominion theology," the prevalent evangelical assertion that Christians have a "responsibility to take over every aspect of society." Goldberg makes no attempt to hide her own partisanship, calling herself a "secular Jew and ardent urbanite" who wrote the book because she "was terrified by America's increasing hostility to... cosmopolitan values." This carefully researched and riveting treatise will hardly allay its audience's fears, however; secular liberals and mainstream believers alike will find Goldberg's descriptions of today's culture wars deeply disturbing. She traces the deep financial and ideological ties between fundamentalist Christians and the Republican Party, and discloses the dangers she believes are inherent to the Bush administration's faith-based social services initiative. Other chapters follow inflammatory political tactics on wedge issues like gay rights, evolution and sex education. Significantly, her conclusions do not come off as hysterical or shrill. Even while pointing to stark parallels between fascism and the language of the religious right, Goldberg's vision of America's future is measured and realistic. Her book is a potent wakeup call to pluralists in the coming showdown with Christian nationalists. (May 15)
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“An important work of investigative journalism.” (Anna Godbersen - Esquire )
“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 - Time Out )
“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 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )
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 7 months ago by Tom
A very good book for understanding what has gone on in the U.S. in terms of organized religion.Published 8 months ago by Shadows
Great Seller! Loved the book! Will buy from this seller again! A++++Published 11 months ago by Billy Falin
Wow, this is a load of something. It's certainly not based in reality. This presentation is pure and simple distortion and I wondered about the mental well-being of those who... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nina Lee
What I always suspected about the religious right, but can see in print. Very informative and true of this day though written a few years ago. Read morePublished 15 months ago by LORETTA J. CRAINE
Well researched, factual and frightening. The 'rise' has been growing underground since Eisenhower days and is as threatening as any other radical religious movement. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Truth Sayer
This book exposes the agenda of the American Christian Far Right and their bid to control our government. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Skeptic Arena