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Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical's Lament

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Publisher Comments:

For much of American history, evangelicalism was aligned with progressive political causes. Nineteenth-century evangelicals fought for the abolition of slavery, universal suffrage, and public education. But contemporary conservative activists have defaulted on this majestic legacy, embracing instead an agenda virtually indistinguishable from the Republican Party platform. Abortion, gay marriage, intelligent design — the Religious Right is fighting, and winning, some of the most important political battles of the twentyfirst century. How has evangelical Christianity become so entrenched in partisan politics? Randall Balmer is both an evangelical Christian and a historian of American religion. Struggling to reconcile the contemporary state of evangelical faith in America with its proud tradition of progressivism, Balmer has headed to the frontlines of some of the most powerful and controversial organizations tied to the Religious Right. With a skillful combination of grassroots organization, ideological conviction, and media savvy, the leaders of the movement have mobilized millions of American evangelical Christians behind George W. Bush's hard-right political agenda. Deftly combining ethnographic research, theological reflections, and historical context, Balmer laments the trivialization of Christianity — and offers a rallying cry for liberal Christians to reclaim the noble traditions of their faith.

Review:

"In the measured tones befitting...diversity, he discusses abortion, homosexuality, school vouchers, and creationism. If he changes no minds, he still offers a welcome alternative to Religious Right railing." Booklist

Synopsis:

The distinguished author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory returns with a searing examination of a new generation of evangelical leaders who have hijacked the Christian faith on behalf of the Republican Party

About the Author

Randall Balmer is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of American Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University, and a visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. He is editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and his commentaries on religion in America, distributed by the New York Times Syndicate, have appeared in newspapers across the country. One of his earlier books, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, was made into a three-part documentary for PBS. He regularly appears on television and radio to discuss contemporary religious issues in America. He lives in Woodbury, Connecticut, with his wife and children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465005192
Subtitle:
How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Balmer, Randall Herbert
Author:
Balmer, Randall
Subject:
General
Subject:
Evangelicalism
Subject:
Christianity and politics
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Political Process - Political Parties
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
World
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060703
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 14.6 oz

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History and Social Science » Politics » Conservatism
Religion » Christianity » Social and Political Issues
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical's Lament
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The distinguished author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory returns with a searing examination of a new generation of evangelical leaders who have hijacked the Christian faith on behalf of the Republican Party
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