Christian Nation: A Novel

Christian Nation: A Novel
  • Author : Frederic C. Rich
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2013-07-01
  • ISBN : 9780393240344

Christian Nation: A Novel Book Review:

“They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do.” So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America’s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a "Christian Nation" and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said. In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web." Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?"

Letter to a Christian Nation

Letter to a Christian Nation
  • Author : Sam Harris
  • Publisher : Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
  • Pages : 96
  • Relase : 2006
  • ISBN : 9780307265777

Letter to a Christian Nation Book Review:

Argues that the increasing power of Christian fundamentalists in American politics threatens the country's citizens, blames the Bible for promoting intolerance of other faiths, and describes atheism as "an admission of the obvious."

The Myth of a Christian Nation

The Myth of a Christian Nation
  • Author : Gregory A. Boyd
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2009-05-18
  • ISBN : 9780310565918

The Myth of a Christian Nation Book Review:

The church was established to serve the world with Christ-like love, not to rule the world. It is called to look like a corporate Jesus, dying on the cross for those who crucified him, not a religious version of Caesar. It is called to manifest the kingdom of the cross in contrast to the kingdom of the sword. Whenever the church has succeeded in gaining what most American evangelicals are now trying to get – political power – it has been disastrous both for the church and the culture. Whenever the church picks up the sword, it lays down the cross. The present activity of the religious right is destroying the heart and soul of the evangelical church and destroying its unique witness to the world. The church is to have a political voice, but we are to have it the way Jesus had it: by manifesting an alternative to the political, “power over,” way of doing life. We are to transform the world by being willing to suffer for others – exercising “power under,” not by getting our way in society – exercising “power over.”

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?
  • Author : John Fea
  • Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2011-02-16
  • ISBN : 9781611640885

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? Book Review:

Fea offers an even-handed primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend. He approaches the title's question from a historical perspective, helping readers see past the emotional rhetoric of today to the recorded facts of our past. Readers on both sides of the issues will appreciate that this book occupies a middle ground, noting the good points and the less-nuanced arguments of both sides and leading us always back to the primary sources that our shared American history comprises.

One Nation Under God

One Nation Under God
  • Author : Kevin M. Kruse
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 2015-04-14
  • ISBN : 9780465040643

One Nation Under God Book Review:

The provocative and authoritative history of the origins of Christian America in the New Deal era We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the belief that America is fundamentally and formally Christian originated in the 1930s. To fight the "slavery" of FDR's New Deal, businessmen enlisted religious activists in a campaign for "freedom under God" that culminated in the election of their ally Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. The new president revolutionized the role of religion in American politics. He inaugurated new traditions like the National Prayer Breakfast, as Congress added the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and made "In God We Trust" the country's first official motto. Church membership soon soared to an all-time high of 69 percent. Americans across the religious and political spectrum agreed that their country was "one nation under God." Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how an unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day.

Myth and the Christian Nation

Myth and the Christian Nation
  • Author : Burton L. Mack
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2014-12-18
  • ISBN : 9781317490586

Myth and the Christian Nation Book Review:

America is widely regarded as the ultimate "Christian Nation." Religious language has always been at the forefront of American politics but this has increased since the events of 9/11. 'Myth and the Christian Nation' presents a startling analysis of how and why Christianity and national identity have been woven together in recent American political discourse. Drawing on examples of religious myth-making across the ancient world 'Myth and the Christian Nation' brings the weight of history to bear on America today, a place where myth, monotheism, sovereignty and power can be harnessed together in the service of specific interests. The book invites readers to rethink the role of religion in the construction of social democracy and to see America afresh.

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?
  • Author : John Fea
  • Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
  • Pages : 287
  • Relase : 2011
  • ISBN : 9780664235048

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? Book Review:

Presents a historical overview of the relationship between the United States and Christianity and an analysis of the beliefs of such figures as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington.

Christian Nation

Christian Nation
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 1917
  • ISBN : NYPL:33433003182387

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Citizens of a Christian Nation

Citizens of a Christian Nation
  • Author : Derek Chang
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Pages : 248
  • Relase : 2011-07-11
  • ISBN : 9780812205954

Citizens of a Christian Nation Book Review:

In America after the Civil War, the emancipation of four million slaves and the explosion of Chinese immigration fundamentally challenged traditional ideas about who belonged in the national polity. As Americans struggled to redefine citizenship in the United States, the "Negro Problem" and the "Chinese Question" dominated the debate. During this turbulent period, which witnessed the Supreme Court's Plessy v. Ferguson decision and passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, among other restrictive measures, American Baptists promoted religion instead of race as the primary marker of citizenship. Through its domestic missionary wing, the American Baptist Home Missionary Society, Baptists ministered to former slaves in the South and Chinese immigrants on the Pacific coast. Espousing an ideology of evangelical nationalism, in which the country would be united around Christianity rather than a particular race or creed, Baptists advocated inclusion of Chinese and African Americans in the national polity. Their hope for a Christian nation hinged on the social transformation of these two groups through spiritual and educational uplift. By 1900, the Society had helped establish important institutions that are still active today, including the Chinese Baptist Church and many historically black colleges and universities. Citizens of a Christian Nation chronicles the intertwined lives of African Americans, Chinese Americans, and the white missionaries who ministered to them. It traces the radical, religious, and nationalist ideology of the domestic mission movement, examining both the opportunities provided by the egalitarian tradition of evangelical Christianity and the limits imposed by its assumptions of cultural difference. The book further explores how blacks and Chinese reimagined the evangelical nationalist project to suit their own needs and hopes. Historian Derek Chang brings together for the first time African American and Chinese American religious histories through a multitiered local, regional, national, and even transnational analysis of race, nationalism, and evangelical thought and practice.

The Myth of a Christian Nation

The Myth of a Christian Nation
  • Author : Gregory A. Boyd
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Pages : 207
  • Relase : 2005
  • ISBN : 9780310267300

The Myth of a Christian Nation Book Review:

Questions the allying of evangelical Christians with political causes, arguing that a preoccupation with governmental power undermines Jesus's vision of a kingdom of God peopled by loving and forgiving servants.

The Duty of a Christian Nation to Her Colonies and Foreign Dependencies; Being the Markland Sermon [on Hagg. I. 4-8], Etc

The Duty of a Christian Nation to Her Colonies and Foreign Dependencies; Being the Markland Sermon [on Hagg. I. 4-8], Etc
  • Author : Alfred OLLIVANT (Bishop of Llandaff.)
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 27
  • Relase : 1850
  • ISBN : BL:A0021806057

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Our Non-Christian Nation

Our Non-Christian Nation
  • Author : Jay Wexler
  • Publisher : Redwood Press
  • Pages : 216
  • Relase : 2020-09-22
  • ISBN : 1503614999

Our Non-Christian Nation Book Review:

In recent years, members of minority religions and atheists have rightly taken advantage of Supreme Court decisions that open up government funding, institutions, and property to participate in public life alongside the Christian majority. Jay Wexler argues for the importance of this movement and travels around the country to meet some of the people on its front line.

Letter from a Christian Citizen

Letter from a Christian Citizen
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : American Vision
  • Pages :
  • Relase :
  • ISBN : 9780915815753

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The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option
  • Author : Rod Dreher
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2017-03-14
  • ISBN : 9780735213319

The Benedict Option Book Review:

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade." —David Brooks In this controversial bestseller, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. From the inside, American churches have been hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo–Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House may have bought a brief reprieve from the state’s assault, but it will not stop the West’s slide into decadence and dissolution. Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actu­ally the way back—all the way to St. Benedict of Nur­sia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome’s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization. Today, a new form of barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture. The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It's for all mere Chris­tians—Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox—who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.

The United States a Christian Nation

The United States a Christian Nation
  • Author : David Josiah Brewer
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 98
  • Relase : 1905
  • ISBN : NYPL:33433067415251

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Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
  • Author : Kristin Kobes Du Mez
  • Publisher : Liveright Publishing
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 2020-06-23
  • ISBN : 9781631495748

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The “paradigm-influencing” book (Christianity Today) that is fundamentally transforming our understanding of white evangelicalism in America. Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, revealing how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism—or in the words of one modern chaplain, with “a spiritual badass.” As acclaimed scholar Kristin Du Mez explains, the key to understanding this transformation is to recognize the centrality of popular culture in contemporary American evangelicalism. Many of today’s evangelicals might not be theologically astute, but they know their VeggieTales, they’ve read John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart, and they learned about purity before they learned about sex—and they have a silver ring to prove it. Evangelical books, films, music, clothing, and merchandise shape the beliefs of millions. And evangelical culture is teeming with muscular heroes—mythical warriors and rugged soldiers, men like Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Mel Gibson, and the Duck Dynasty clan, who assert white masculine power in defense of “Christian America.” Chief among these evangelical legends is John Wayne, an icon of a lost time when men were uncowed by political correctness, unafraid to tell it like it was, and did what needed to be done. Challenging the commonly held assumption that the “moral majority” backed Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020 for purely pragmatic reasons, Du Mez reveals that Trump in fact represented the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values: patriarchy, authoritarian rule, aggressive foreign policy, fear of Islam, ambivalence toward #MeToo, and opposition to Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community. A much-needed reexamination of perhaps the most influential subculture in this country, Jesus and John Wayne shows that, far from adhering to biblical principles, modern white evangelicals have remade their faith, with enduring consequences for all Americans.

Dr. Gregory Boyd’s Myth of a Christian Nation: A Reply, Refutation and Rebuttal

Dr. Gregory Boyd’s Myth of a Christian Nation: A Reply, Refutation and Rebuttal
  • Author : John Teller
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 2016-04-12
  • ISBN : 9781681090177

Dr. Gregory Boyd’s Myth of a Christian Nation: A Reply, Refutation and Rebuttal Book Review:

In his best-selling book, The Myth of a Christian Nation, Dr. Gregory Boyd, argues that the church was established to serve the world with a Christ-like love that is diametrically opposed to the pursuit of political power. At last—there is now a reply, refutation and rebuttal to Dr. Boyd’s treatise and conclusions, which result from misunderstandings of fundamental biblical principles and the selective treatment of Scripture. In this volume, John Teller sets forth a systematic reply to each of Dr. Boyd’s arguments against Christians’ participation in civil government, the military and other civil institutions. This reply and rebuttal to Dr. Boyd’s treatise shows that far from being called to eschew the “power over” kingdom of the sword, Christians are called to be God’s co-laborers in redeeming the kingdom of sword, just as they are called to transform every other aspect of the fallen creation.

Death of a Christian Nation

Death of a Christian Nation
  • Author : Deborah Dewart
  • Publisher : God & Country Press
  • Pages : 206
  • Relase : 2010-05
  • ISBN : 0899570232

Death of a Christian Nation Book Review:

A case-by-case look at how current laws impact Christianity in the workplace explains where one can find help and aims to give readers an understanding of the First Amendment, radical agendas, civil rights and religious wrongs--and challenges readers to take a stand for traditional values in their own communities. Original.

What If America Were a Christian Nation Again?

What If America Were a Christian Nation Again?
  • Author : D. James Kennedy,Jerry Newcombe
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2005-04-10
  • ISBN : 9781418529796

What If America Were a Christian Nation Again? Book Review:

Some people would gnash their teeth at the idea that America was – and can be again – a Christian nation. They will not be satisfied until they have removed every vestige of our Christian heritage from our minds and from our surroundings. Yet in this book, D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe document the incontrovertible fact that America began as a Christian nation. And "we can get back on track before it's too late," they say. "What made us great in the first place is our rich Christian heritage. It's time to reclaim America!"

Bible Nation

Bible Nation
  • Author : Candida R. Moss,Joel S. Baden
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Pages : 252
  • Relase : 2019-07-16
  • ISBN : 9780691198996

Bible Nation Book Review:

How the billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make America a “Bible nation” The Greens of Oklahoma City—the billionaire owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores—are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in an ambitious effort to increase the Bible’s influence on American society. In Bible Nation, Candida Moss and Joel Baden provide the first in-depth investigative account of the Greens’ sweeping Bible projects. Moss and Baden tell the story of the Greens’ efforts to place a Bible curriculum in public schools; their rapid acquisition of an unparalleled collection of biblical antiquities; their creation of a closely controlled group of scholars to study and promote the collection; and their construction of a $500 million Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Revealing how all these initiatives promote a very particular set of beliefs about the Bible, the book raises serious questions about the trade in biblical antiquities, the integrity of academic research, and the place of private belief in public life.