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The Phinehas Priesthood: Violent Vanguard of the Christian Identity Movement (Praeger Security International) Hardcover – October 6, 2010

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Danny W. Davis is adjunct professor with the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

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Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (October 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313365369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313365362
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Pitcavage on March 17, 2011
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Danny W. Davis has managed a remarkable achievement, penning an entire book about a basically non-existent movement. His study, "The Phinehas Priesthood: Violent Vanguard of the Christian Identity Movement" has a title that suggests that there is an entity called the Phinehas Priesthood that is out there somewhere committing a host of violent acts and that Davis has written a book about this movement.

The reality, and the reality about the book, are both actually quite different. First, let me provide a few words of explanation about the so-called Phinehas Priesthood (usually spelled Phineas Priesthood). This is a white supremacist concept devised 20+ years ago by Richard Kelly Hoskins, an adherent of a racist and anti-Semitic religious sect called Christian Identity. Inspired by the obscure biblical story of Phinehas (Numbers 25), Hoskins postulated a long fictional history of ostensible Phineas warriors committing violent acts in God's name. Hoskins appropriated a number of historical figures of whose acts he approved and basically postdated them as Phineas Priests. The book he wrote, The Vigilantes of Christendom, became a popular white supremacist book.

In 1997, four Pacific Northwest white supremacists were arrested for several bombings and bank robberies/attempts in 1996-1997; during the incidents, they left behind documents suggesting they might have been inspired by The Vigilantes of Christendom. Because of this, they were soon dubbed Phineas Priests and the media, along with certain willing experts, basically created the notion of an entire movement of such "Phineas Priests" allegedly going around committing violent acts.
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Danny Davis addresses the broader implications of domestic terrorism by exploring how deeply held ideological and religious convictions can inspire violent acts by both individuals and small groups. While the media often paint domestic terrorists with a broad brush, Dr. Davis points his spotlight at individual perpetrators and finds a broad array of personalities that extends beyond the books title. While some are clearly emotionally disturbed, many are so dedicated to what they view as fundamental principles that they feel justified in using violence to achieve their vision of a worthy end. Recommended for professionals and academics involved in law enforcement and terrorism studies.
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No one is going to buy your overpriced piece of crap based on ignorance and false associations trying to link a few lone psycho individuals to a larger group of people entirely unassociated to them or their mentality based upon false associations and bad journalism.
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This book by Danny Davis is one-of-a kind. Anyone who has looked around for good research on the ideological motivations of the Christian Identity movement and the Phineas Priesthood will know that unfortunately there really isn't that much worthwhile. As a professor of terrorism studies for many years, I'm always looking for materials that I can use in for research and teaching. This book is well-written, insightful, authoritative, and accessible. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this kind of religious extremism and domestic terrorism in the U.S.
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