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"Kingdom Coming is an important work of investigative journalism, exposing as it does a mass movement with 'a vision of reality utterly at odds with that of the secular world,' that would use its power to impose a religious worldview on a diverse country. Godlberg's book is also an impassioned plea against, 'fundamentalism, tribalism, Puritanism and obscurantism,' and for, 'modernity, humanism, reason and progress.' Those are the values with which she makes her case." Anna Godbersen, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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An eye-opening account of a groundswell religious movement determined to change America.

Michelle Goldberg's Kingdom Coming takes us on a journey through an America in the grips of a fevered religious radicalism: the America of our time. From the classroom to the megachurch to the federal court, Goldberg carefully demonstrates how the growing influence of dominionism — the doctrine that Christians have the right to rule nonbelievers — is threatening the foundations of democracy.

Deep within the "red" zones of a divided America we meet military retirees pledging to seize the nation in Christ's name, perfidious congressmen courting the confidence of neo-confederates and proponents of theocracy, and leaders of federally funded programs offering Jesus as the solution to the country's social problems.

Kingdom Coming offers the powerful testimony of "regular" Americans to illustrate the subversive effect of this conservative stranglehold nationwide, and it urgently requires us to turn our attention to the mechanisms of an insidious fundamentalism opposed to science, pluralism, and reason.

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"In an impressive piece of lucid journalism, Salon.com reporter Goldberg dives into the religious right and sorts out the history and networks of what to most liberals is an inscrutable parallel universe. She deconstructs 'dominion theology,' the prevalent evangelical assertion that Christians have a 'responsibility to take over every aspect of society.' Goldberg makes no attempt to hide her own partisanship, calling herself a 'secular Jew and ardent urbanite' who wrote the book because she 'was terrified by America's increasing hostility to...cosmopolitan values.' This carefully researched and riveting treatise will hardly allay its audience's fears, however; secular liberals and mainstream believers alike will find Goldberg's descriptions of today's culture wars deeply disturbing. She traces the deep financial and ideological ties between fundamentalist Christians and the Republican Party, and discloses the dangers she believes are inherent to the Bush administration's faith-based social services initiative. Other chapters follow inflammatory political tactics on wedge issues like gay rights, evolution and sex education. Significantly, her conclusions do not come off as hysterical or shrill. Even while pointing to stark parallels between fascism and the language of the religious right, Goldberg's vision of America's future is measured and realistic. Her book is a potent wakeup call to pluralists in the coming showdown with Christian nationalists. (May 15)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[Goldberg] ends by exhorting her readers to retake the country from the grassroots up. If you think that Christianity is the new Communism, then this is the book for you." Kirkus Reviews

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Christian nationalism is what Goldberg, a senior writer at Salon, calls the totalistic political ideology adhered to by millions of Americans that consciously repudiates Enlightenment rationalism. It differs from earlier enthusiastic religious outbreaks in the US, she says by extrapolating a total political program from its interpretation of Christian scripture, yoking that program to a political party, and seeing America's triumphs as a confirmation of their truth. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Michelle Goldberg, a senior political reporter for Salon.com, has been covering the intersection of politics and ideology for years. Before the 2004 election, and during the ensuing months when many Americans were trying to understand how an administration marked by cronyism, disregard for the national budget, and poorly disguised self-interest had been reinstated, Goldberg traveled through the heartland of a country in the grips of a fevered religious radicalism: the America of our time.

In an age when faith rather than reason is heralded and the values of the Enlightenment are threatened by a mystical nationalism claiming divine sanction, Kingdom Coming brings us face to face with the irrational forces that are remaking much of America.

Synopsis:

"A potent wakeup call to pluralists in the coming showdown with Christian nationalists."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

Synopsis:

Michelle Goldberg, a senior political reporter for Salon.com, has been covering the intersection of politics and ideology for years. Before the 2004 election, and during the ensuing months when many Americans were trying to understand how an administration marked by cronyism, disregard for the national budget, and poorly disguised self-interest had been reinstated, Goldberg traveled through the heartland of a country in the grips of a fevered religious radicalism: the America of our time. From the classroom to the mega-church to the federal court, she saw how the growing influence of dominionism-the doctrine that Christians have the right to rule nonbelievers-is threatening the foundations of democracy.

In Kingdom Coming, Goldberg demonstrates how an increasingly bellicose fundamentalism is gaining traction throughout our national life, taking us on a tour of the parallel right-wing evangelical culture that is buoyed by Republican political patronage. Deep within the red zones of a divided America, we meet military retirees pledging to seize the nation in Christ's name, perfidious congressmen courting the confidence of neo-confederates and proponents of theocracy, and leaders of federally funded programs offering Jesus as the solution to the country's social problems.

With her trenchant interviews and the telling testimonies of the people behind this movement, Goldberg gains access into the hearts and minds of citizens who are striving to remake the secular Republic bequeathed by our founders into a Christian nation run according to their interpretation of scripture. In her examination of the ever-widening divide between believers and nonbelievers, Goldberg illustrates the subversive effect of this conservative stranglehold nationwide. In an age when faith rather than reason is heralded and the values of the Enlightenment are threatened by a mystical nationalism claiming divine sanction, Kingdom Coming brings us face to face with the irrational forces that are remaking much of America.

Synopsis:

A senior political reporter for Salon.com who has been covering the intersection of politics and ideology for years discusses how the growing influence of dominionism--the doctrine that Christians have the right to rule nonbelievers--is threatening the foundations of democracy.

About the Author

Michelle Goldberg is a veteran reporter at Salon.com, where she has reported extensively on both sides of America's ever-seething culture war. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband.

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linkwheel, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by linkwheel)
It is a must read for all christians.....
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joannaz, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by joannaz)
An eye-opening and well-written observation of how religion and politics have been changing in America over the past few decades. Particularly credible because the author was meticulous with research and documentation. I recommend this book highly!
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Waynegasparro, September 10, 2009 (view all comments by Waynegasparro)
In Iraq right now, however when i can sit in front of the fireplace back home, I will read this book.But,I must say it sounds like another tale of the evil Christian bogeyman in the closet.Most of us Christian white nationalists are kind,loving and law abiding citizens,who are always painted red by the media and government because of a few bad apples.Just keep that in mind the next time you feel like judgeing all of us.wayne gasparro
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393060942
Subtitle:
The Rise of Christian Nationalism
Author:
Goldberg, Michelle
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fundamentalism
Subject:
Christianity and politics
Subject:
Dominion theology
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Church History
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Publication Date:
May 11, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
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8.6 x 5.8 x 1 in 0.905 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In an impressive piece of lucid journalism, Salon.com reporter Goldberg dives into the religious right and sorts out the history and networks of what to most liberals is an inscrutable parallel universe. She deconstructs 'dominion theology,' the prevalent evangelical assertion that Christians have a 'responsibility to take over every aspect of society.' Goldberg makes no attempt to hide her own partisanship, calling herself a 'secular Jew and ardent urbanite' who wrote the book because she 'was terrified by America's increasing hostility to...cosmopolitan values.' This carefully researched and riveting treatise will hardly allay its audience's fears, however; secular liberals and mainstream believers alike will find Goldberg's descriptions of today's culture wars deeply disturbing. She traces the deep financial and ideological ties between fundamentalist Christians and the Republican Party, and discloses the dangers she believes are inherent to the Bush administration's faith-based social services initiative. Other chapters follow inflammatory political tactics on wedge issues like gay rights, evolution and sex education. Significantly, her conclusions do not come off as hysterical or shrill. Even while pointing to stark parallels between fascism and the language of the religious right, Goldberg's vision of America's future is measured and realistic. Her book is a potent wakeup call to pluralists in the coming showdown with Christian nationalists. (May 15)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Kingdom Coming is an important work of investigative journalism, exposing as it does a mass movement with 'a vision of reality utterly at odds with that of the secular world,' that would use its power to impose a religious worldview on a diverse country. Godlberg's book is also an impassioned plea against, 'fundamentalism, tribalism, Puritanism and obscurantism,' and for, 'modernity, humanism, reason and progress.' Those are the values with which she makes her case." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "[Goldberg] ends by exhorting her readers to retake the country from the grassroots up. If you think that Christianity is the new Communism, then this is the book for you."
"Synopsis" by , Michelle Goldberg, a senior political reporter for Salon.com, has been covering the intersection of politics and ideology for years. Before the 2004 election, and during the ensuing months when many Americans were trying to understand how an administration marked by cronyism, disregard for the national budget, and poorly disguised self-interest had been reinstated, Goldberg traveled through the heartland of a country in the grips of a fevered religious radicalism: the America of our time.

In an age when faith rather than reason is heralded and the values of the Enlightenment are threatened by a mystical nationalism claiming divine sanction, Kingdom Coming brings us face to face with the irrational forces that are remaking much of America.

"Synopsis" by , "A potent wakeup call to pluralists in the coming showdown with Christian nationalists."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Synopsis" by , Michelle Goldberg, a senior political reporter for Salon.com, has been covering the intersection of politics and ideology for years. Before the 2004 election, and during the ensuing months when many Americans were trying to understand how an administration marked by cronyism, disregard for the national budget, and poorly disguised self-interest had been reinstated, Goldberg traveled through the heartland of a country in the grips of a fevered religious radicalism: the America of our time. From the classroom to the mega-church to the federal court, she saw how the growing influence of dominionism-the doctrine that Christians have the right to rule nonbelievers-is threatening the foundations of democracy.

In Kingdom Coming, Goldberg demonstrates how an increasingly bellicose fundamentalism is gaining traction throughout our national life, taking us on a tour of the parallel right-wing evangelical culture that is buoyed by Republican political patronage. Deep within the red zones of a divided America, we meet military retirees pledging to seize the nation in Christ's name, perfidious congressmen courting the confidence of neo-confederates and proponents of theocracy, and leaders of federally funded programs offering Jesus as the solution to the country's social problems.

With her trenchant interviews and the telling testimonies of the people behind this movement, Goldberg gains access into the hearts and minds of citizens who are striving to remake the secular Republic bequeathed by our founders into a Christian nation run according to their interpretation of scripture. In her examination of the ever-widening divide between believers and nonbelievers, Goldberg illustrates the subversive effect of this conservative stranglehold nationwide. In an age when faith rather than reason is heralded and the values of the Enlightenment are threatened by a mystical nationalism claiming divine sanction, Kingdom Coming brings us face to face with the irrational forces that are remaking much of America.
"Synopsis" by , A senior political reporter for Salon.com who has been covering the intersection of politics and ideology for years discusses how the growing influence of dominionism--the doctrine that Christians have the right to rule nonbelievers--is threatening the foundations of democracy.
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