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America, Fascism, and God: Sermons from a Heretical Preacher

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Religion and politics have always been a potent mix. History is littered with times when that combination caused sweeping death and destruction, when it fueled aggression and oppression--and when it gave fascism a religious and diplomatic face.
Reverend Davidson Loehr is afraid that we may be living in such a time in America today. On the Sunday following the election on November 2, 2004, Loehr, a liberal minister in Texas, delivered a sermon titled "Living Under Fascism"--a sermon that spread like wildfire through the Internet. "I mean to persuade you that the style of governing into which America has slid is most accurately described as fascism, and that the necessary implications of this fact are rightly regarded as terrifying," the preacher told his congregation. ". . . and even if I don't persuade you, I hope to raise the level of your thinking about who and where we are now."
In this series of incisive and inspired sermons, Loehr takes aim at the unholy alliance of corporate money, political power, and religious fundamentalism that is threatening both our political and our economic democracy. But Loehr's words provide little comfort to liberals and progressives who have stubbornly clung to a radical individualism and an amoral secularism.
America, Fascism, and God is a call--first to understand that religion has been hijacked and debased. And then to take it back.

Book News Annotation:

Loehr, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin (Texas), argues that America is becoming a fascist state, citing similarities between recent sociopolitical events and those of fascist Germany, Italy, and Spain. In these 13 sermons initially delivered to his Unitarian Universalist congregation between 2000 and 2004, Loehr urges readers to recognize how and when religion has been hijacked, and to take it back. A prelude and a postlude sandwich the sermons.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Loehr, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin (Texas), argues that America is becoming a fascist state, citing similarities between recent sociopolitical events and those of fascist Germany, Italy, and Spain. In these 13 sermons initially delivered to his Unitarian Universalist congregation between 2000 and 2004, Loehr urges readers to recognize how and when religion has been hijacked, and to take it back. A prelude and a postlude sandwich the sermons. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Radical sermons that take aim at the unholy alliance of corporate money, political power, and religious fundamentalism that is threatening both our political and our economic democracy. America, Fascism, and God is a call?to first understand that religion has been hijacked and debased. And then to take it back.

About the Author

Davidson Loehr was a professional musician, a Vietnam War combat photographer, and a carpenter before he entered the University of Chicago in 1979 to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy and religion. He is senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Austin, a 640-member congregation in Texas.

Table of Contents

Prelude
Part 1: God
1. The ABC of Religion
2. God As a Hand Puppet
3. Reality-Based Salvation
Part 2: Fascism
4. The Fundamentalist Agenda
5. The Dark God of Capitalism
6. The Corporation Will Eat Your Soul
7. Oil, Arrogance, and War
8. Living under Fascism
Part 3: America
9. Responding to the Violence of September 11
10. The Aftermath of 9/11
11. Under the Cover Of War
Part 4: Honest Religion
12. The Legitimate Heir to God
13. Reclaiming Our Ideals from Religion
Postlude

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931498937
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Subject:
Capitalism
Author:
Loehr, Davidson
Subject:
Religion - Worship - Preaching
Subject:
Sermons - General
Subject:
Sermons, American
Subject:
Unitarian Universalism
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Religion Western-General and Comparative Religion
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.375 x 5.375 in 4.5 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » American Studies » Culture Wars
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
Religion » Christianity » General
Religion » Christianity » Unitarians
Religion » Western Religions » General and Comparative Religion
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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