Religion, Politics, and the Christian
a book note
|Religion, Politics, and the Christian Right:
Post-9/11 Powers and American Empire
A book notice from Fortress Press
"Mark Lewis Taylor is the most prophetic theologian, political activist
and cultural critic of his generation. There is simply no one on the scene
like him. Don't miss this book!" -- Cornel West, University Professor of
Religion, Princeton University
Where The Christian Right Goes Wrong
MINNEAPOLIS (December 7, 2005)- Many in the United States find the political
ascendancy of right-wing Christianity alarming and disturbing. In his new
book, Religion, Politics, and the Christian Right, Princeton
theologian Mark Lewis Taylor provides an astute analysis of how after 9/11,
Christian nationalists have forged an imperial America that subverts what
most U.S. citizens and most Christians hold dear about their democratic
life. Even as he exposes the dangers of the Christian right, Taylor also
retrieves and highlights an authentic democratic spirit that U.S. citizens
can nurture and develop in public life.
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.
"Mark Lewis Taylor's critique of American imperialism is
searing, and his vision of radical liberalism is creative, insightful, and
inspiring. Essential reading for all committed to the revolutionary spirit
of democratic governance and ongoing emancipation."
-Sharon D. Welch, Professor of Religious Studies, University of
Missouri-Columbia, and author of After Empire: The Art and Ethos of
Mark Lewis Taylor is the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture
at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is author of such important works as
Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural-Political Theology for North American
Praxis (Orbis, 1990) and The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in
Lockdown America (Fortress Press, 2001).
A Witherspoon note:
Dr. Taylor will the the primary speaker
at the Semper Reformanda/Witherspoon Pre-General Assembly Conversation, on
the theme of American Empire. It will be held on Wednesday, June 14,
from 1 to 4 pm, in Birmingham. Watch for details!
Dr Taylor was one of the leaders of the Witherspoon/Peace Fellowship seminar
at Ghost Ranch in the summer of 2005. Witherspoon board member Jake
Young reported on the seminar, and especially on Taylor's presentations, in
Network News, Summer 2005, pages 9-10. You can read it in PDF
just click here, and scroll down to page 9.
Religion, Politics, and the Christian Right: Post-9/11 Powers and
By Mark Lewis Taylor
ISBN: 0-8006-3776-3 Format: Paper, 208 pp Price: $16.00
ISBN: 0-8006-3783-6 Format: Hardcover, 208 pp Price: $26.00
Publisher: Fortress Press
To order Religion, Politics, and the Christian Right please call Fortress
Press at 1-800-328-4648 or visit the web site at
www.fortresspress.com. For review copies, or
to discuss interviews with the author or speaking engagements contact Bob
Todd at 612-330-3234 or e-mail
ratified (or not) by the presbyteries
A number of the most important actions of the 219th
General Assembly have now been acted upon by the presbyteries,
confirming most of them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.
We provided resources to help inform the
reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.
Our three areas of primary interest have been:
which removes the current ban on
lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as
possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.
which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of
Confessions. Disapproved, because as an amendment
to the Book of Confessions it needed a 2/3 vote, and did not
10-1, which adopts the new Form of Government
that was approved by the Assembly. Approved.|
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