Religion Watch

Why Tolerate Religion?

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 08:00

"This provocative book addresses one of the most enduring puzzles in political philosophy and constitutional theory—why is religion singled out for preferential treatment in both law and public discourse? Why are religious obligations that conflict with the law accorded special toleration while other obligations of conscience are not?

Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence

Submitted by RWMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 14:54

"First taking hold of the American cultural imagination in the 1990s, the sexual purity movement of contemporary evangelicalism has since received considerable attention from a wide range of media outlets, religious leaders, and feminist critics. Virgin Nation offers a history of this movement that goes beyond the Religious Right, demonstrating a link between sexual purity rhetoric and fears of national decline that has shaped American ideas about morality since the nineteenth century.

unSpirituality - Permission To Be Human

Submitted by RWMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 14:39

"unSpirituality introduces a new philosophy based on a natural perspective clearing away centuries of delusion. The spiritual story was once an answer to the anxieties of the natural world but now has become an ideological cage. This book is a reminder of who we are in the natural world, a bold and provocative case against spiritual ideology, and an invitation to be proud to be human.

To the Far Right Christian Hater...You Can Be a Good Speller or a Hater, But You Can't Be Both: Official Hate Mail, Threats, and Criticism from the Archives ... of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Submitted by RWMaster on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:02

"From the six-time Nobel Peace Prize nominated Military Religious Freedom Foundation's official archives comes this jaw-dropping collection of hate mail, threats, and criticisms of the MRFF's efforts to ensure that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. "

Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America

Submitted by RWMaster on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 09:51

"For much of American history, evangelicalism was aligned with progressive political causes-the abolition of slavery, universal suffrage, and public education. But contemporary conservative activists have defaulted on this majestic legacy, embracing instead an agenda virtually indistinguishable from the Republican Party platform. How has evangelical Christianity become so entrenched in partisan politics?

Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 16:40

"Nearly 40% of all Americans have no connection with organized religion. Yet many of these people, even though they might never step inside a house of worship, live profoundly spiritual lives. But what is the nature and value of unchurched spirituality in America? Is it a recent phenomenon, a New Age fad that will soon fade, or a long-standing and essential aspect of the American experience?

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.