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The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Powerby Jeff Sharlet
Synopses & Reviews
They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers.
Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful. Their goal is "Jesus plus nothing." Their method is backroom diplomacy. The Family is the startling story of how their faith—part free-market fundamentalism, part imperial ambition—has come to be interwoven with the affairs of nations around the world.
Draws on the author's experiences living undercover within the ranks of "the Family" theocratic group in Arlington, Virginia, to explore fundamentalism in America and its role in influencing democracy.
Table of Contents
Awakenings. Ivanwald ; Experimental religion ; Revival machine — Jesus plus nothing. Unit number one ; The F word ; The ministry of proper enlightenment ; The blob ; Vietnamization ; Jesus +0 = X ; Interesting blood — The popular front. What everybody wants ; The romance of American fundamentalism ; Unschooling ; This is not the end.
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