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"Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism" by Michelle Goldberg

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A self-described secular Jew and ardent urbanite, Michelle Goldberg takes her readers behind the scenes of a movement she has dubbed 'Christian Nationalism,' a "totalistic political ideology" that begins with the idea that "the Bible is absolutely and literally true" and extrapolates from this "a total political program...a conflation of scripture and politics that sees America's triumphs as confirmation of the truth of the Christian religion, and America's struggles as part of a cosmic contest between God and the devil." Christian Nationalism, Goldberg argues, "claims supernatural sanction for its campaign of national renewal and speaks rapturously about vanquishing the millions of Americans who would stand in its way" (6). The "ultimate goal" of this movement is not fairness but dominion: "The movement is built on a theology that asserts the Christian right to rule. That doesn't mean that nonbelievers will be forced to convert. They'll just have to learn their pl ace" (7).


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Issue: "Grace Over Race" Jan./Feb. 2008 Vol. 17 No. 1 Page number(s): 52-53

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