The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 3. mar. 2020 - 352 síđur
For readers of Democracy in Chains and Dark Money, a revelatory investigation of the Religious Right's rise to political power.

For too long the Religious Right has masqueraded as a social movement preoccupied with a number of cultural issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In her deeply reported investigation, Katherine Stewart reveals a disturbing truth: this is a political movement that seeks to gain power and to impose its vision on all of society. America's religious nationalists aren't just fighting a culture war, they are waging a political war on the norms and institutions of American democracy.

Stewart pulls back the curtain on the inner workings and leading personalities of a movement that has turned religion into a tool for domination. She exposes a dense network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations embedded in a rapidly expanding community of international alliances and united not by any central command but by a shared, anti-democratic vision and a common will to power. She follows the money that fuels this movement, tracing much of it to a cadre of super-wealthy, ultraconservative donors and family foundations. She shows that today's Christian nationalism is the fruit of a longstanding antidemocratic, reactionary strain of American thought that draws on some of the most troubling episodes in America's past. It forms common cause with a globe-spanning movement that seeks to destroy liberal democracy and replace it with nationalist, theocratic and autocratic forms of government around the world. Religious nationalism is far more organized and better funded than most people realize. It seeks to control all aspects of government and society. Its successes have been stunning, and its influence now extends to every aspect of American life, from the White House to state capitols, from our schools to our hospitals.

The Power Worshippers is a brilliantly reported book of warning and a wake-up call. Stewart's probing examination demands that Christian nationalism be taken seriously as a significant threat to the American republic and our democratic freedoms.

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Introduction
1
1 Church and Party in Unionville
12
2 Ministering to Power
33
3 Inventing Abortion
54
4 The Mind of a Warrior
78
The Ideological Origins of Christian Nationalism
102
6 The Uses and Abuses of History
126
Turning the States into Laboratories of Theocracy
153
9 Proselytizers and Privatizers
185
10 Theocracy from the Bench or How to Establish Religion in the Name of Religious Liberty
209
What Religious Liberty Looks Like from the Stretcher
235
12 The Global Holy War Comes of Age
248
Epilogue
274
Acknowledgments
279
Notes
283
Index
327

8 Converting the Flock to Data
169

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Katherine Stewart is the author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. She writes about politics, policy, and religion for The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, and The New Republic. Her previous book, The Good News Club, was an examination of the religious right and public education.

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