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Religion, politics, and the Christian right : post-9/11 powers and American empire

Author: Mark L Taylor
Publisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, ©2005.
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Princeton theologian Mark Taylor analyzes right-wing Christian movements in the United States amid the powers of religion, politics, empire, and corporate classes in post-9/11 USA. The real gift of Taylor's book is his argument that this militant Christian faith must be viewed against a backdrop of the American political romanticism and corporatist liberalism of U.S. past and present. Taylor uses the best of  Read more...
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Taylor, Mark L. (Mark Lewis), 1951-
Religion, politics, and the Christian right.
Minneapolis : Fortress Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607752574
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark L Taylor
ISBN: 0800637836 9780800637835 0800637763 9780800637767
OCLC Number: 61131758
Description: xiv, 194 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : faith, American empire, and spirit --
Evil in public life today --
The 9/11 moment --
The specter of American romanticism --
The specter of contractual liberalism --
The specter of prophetic spirit --
Revolutionary belonging --
Revolutionary expectation --
Epilogue : Christian faith and counterimperial practice.
Responsibility: Mark Lewis Taylor.
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Princeton theologian Mark Taylor analyzes right-wing Christian movements in the United States amid the powers of religion, politics, empire, and corporate classes in post-9/11 USA. The real gift of Taylor's book is his argument that this militant Christian faith must be viewed against a backdrop of the American political romanticism and corporatist liberalism of U.S. past and present. Taylor uses the best of cultural and historical studies, while deftly drawing lessons for American readers from theologian Paul Tillich's analysis of power and religion during the rise of fascism and nationalism in Germany of the 1930s. The result is an innovative framework for interpreting how Christian nationalists, Pentagon war planners and corporate institutions today are forging alliances in the U.S. that have dramatic and destructive global impact. Moving beyond lament, Taylor also leaves readers with a new romance of revolutionary traditions and a new more radical liberalism, revitalizing American visions of spirit that are both prophetic and public for U.S. residents today. -- Publisher description.

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Preface ix Introduction: Faith, American Empire, and Spirit 1 Under the Star of Empire—Post 9/11 America’s Imperial Regime 2 A Tradition of Prophetic Spirit 9 Specters of Empire 13 Plan of the Book 14 1. Evil in Public Life Today 17 A Dominant Rhetoric of Evil 17 The “Just War against Terror” Scholars 19 On Understanding Terrorism as Evil 23 Evil as Distortion of the Good 28 2. The 9/11 Moment 35 The Historic Moment 37 The Mythic Moment 39 Mythic Restoration and Two Streams of American Nationalism 42 3. The Specter of American Romanticism 47 “Belonging Being” and American Romanticism 48 Romanticism and the 9/11 Moment 52 The Christian Right as Religious Revolutionary Romanticists 62 A Deadly Alliance? 66 4. The Specter of Contractual Liberalism 71 “Expectant Being” and Contractual Liberalism 72 Contractual Liberalism and the 9/11 Moment 80 Today’s Anti-Liberal Modernism 83 5. The Specter of Prophetic Spirit 96 Prophetic Spirit as Broadening and Deepening Being 97 Prophetic Spirit after 9/11 102 The Prophetic as “Spirit” 104 6. Revolutionary Belonging 110 Revolutionary Subject 112 Revolutionary Tradition 115 Revolutionary Mythic Language 118 Conclusion: Prophetic Spirit, the Specter of the Hydra 120 7. Revolutionary Expectation 124 Toward a Radical Liberalism 125 Radical Liberalism and “Liberalism” 127 Agents of Revolutionary Expectation 129 Genres of Revolutionary Expectation 141 Practices of Revolutionary Expectation 147 Epilogue: Christian Faith and Counterimperial Practice 156 Gospel 158 Reconciliatory Emancipation 160 Notes 164 Index 187

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