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Religion of fear : the politics of horror in conservative evangelicalism

Author: Jason Bivins
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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"Conservative evangelicalism has transformed American politics, disseminating a sometimes fearful message not just through conventional channels but also through subcultures and alternative modes of communication. Within this world is a "religion of fear," a critical impulse that dramatizes cultural and political conflicts and issues in frightening ways that serve to contrast "orthodox" behaviors and beliefs with  Read more...
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Bivins, Jason.
Religion of fear.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)605629783
Online version:
Bivins, Jason.
Religion of fear.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608994817
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Bivins
ISBN: 9780195340815 0195340817
OCLC Number: 190872427
Description: xii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Scary Jesus": locating the "religion of fear" in conservative evangelicalism --
"A common thrill": evangelicalism and the culture of fear --
"Jesus was not a weak fairy": Chick tracts and the visual culture of evangelical fear --
"Runnin' with the devil": conservative evangelical fear and popular music --
"Shake 'em to wake 'em": hell houses and the conservative evangelical theater of horror --
"Already decided and carrying a weapon!": the political terrors of being Left Behind --
"Like beating the dog": fear, religion and American democracy.
Responsibility: Jason C. Bivins.
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"Conservative evangelicalism has transformed American politics, disseminating a sometimes fearful message not just through conventional channels but also through subcultures and alternative modes of communication. Within this world is a "religion of fear," a critical impulse that dramatizes cultural and political conflicts and issues in frightening ways that serve to contrast "orthodox" behaviors and beliefs with those linked to darkness, fear, and demonology. Jason Bivins offers close examinations of several popular evangelical cultural creations, including the Left Behind novels; church-sponsored Halloween "Hell Houses"; sensational comic books, especially those disseminated by Jack Chick; and anti-rock and anti-rap rhetoric and censorship. Bivins depicts these fascinating and often troubling phenomena in vivid (sometimes lurid) detail and shows how they seek to shape evangelical cultural identity." "Bivins argues that as the "religion of fear" has developed since the 1960s, its message has moved from a place of relative marginality to one of prominence. What does it say about American public life that such ideas of fearful religion and violent politics have become normalized? Addressing this question, Bivins establishes links and resonances between the cultural politics of evangelical pop, the activism of the New Christian Right, and the political exhaustion facing American democracy."--Jacket.

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