Religion in America: A Political History

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:37

"Denis Lacorne identifies two competing narratives defining the American identity. The first narrative, derived from the philosophy of the Enlightenment, is essentially secular. Associated with the Founding Fathers and reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, this line of reasoning is predicated on separating religion from politics to preserve political freedom from an overpowering church.

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 06:46

"Kathryn Joyce's fascinating introduction to the world of the patriarchy movement and Quiverfull families examines the twenty-first-century women and men who proclaim self-sacrifice and submission as model virtues of womanhood—and as modes of warfare on behalf of Christ. Here, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship, and live by the Quiverfull philosophy of letting God give them as many children as possible so as to win the religion and culture wars through demographic means. "

The Pope and the New Apocalypse: The Holy War Against Family Planning

Submitted by RWMaster on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 15:39

"The population dilemma, matched in urgency only by the possibility of nuclear war, is still the greatest threat to world peace and material improvement for most of the world's people.

THE POPE AND THE NEW APOCALYPSE presents the case for an American confrontation with the Vatican. It points out that the primary energy, organization, and direction of the anti-abortion, anti-family planning, anti-population-growth-control movement in the United States comes mainly from the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, centered in Rome.

Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity

Submitted by RWMaster on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 14:17

"Recent studies have examined martyrdom as a means of constructing Christian identity, but until now none has focused on Stephen, the first Christian martyr. For the author of Luke-Acts, the stoning of Stephen-- even more than the death of Jesus-- underscores the perfidy of non-believing Jews, the extravagant mercy of Christians, and the inevitable rift that will develop between these two social groups.

The New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement

Submitted by RWMaster on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:27

"From Justin Bieber, to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, to the controversial documentary Jesus Camp (2006), the New Apostolic Reformation's influence can be seen everywhere in mainstream America. Beginning with an examination of the Latter Rain, Church Growth and Shepherding movements, this book explores how the new Reformation has become one of the most powerful movements in modern evangelical Christianity and a major influence on American political and cultural life.

Militant Christianity: An Anthropological History

Submitted by RWMaster on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:36

"A powerful chronicle of the astounding persistence of Indo-European glorification of battle, morphed into today's militant Christian Right. The book is written as a lively chronicle making clear the astounding power of the ancient cultural tradition embedding our language, and the real battle we face to contain this 'Christian' jihad."