Kingdom Coming by Michelle Goldberg
The Rise of Christian Nationalism

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"A potent wakeup call to pluralists in the coming showdown with Christian nationalists."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Michelle Goldberg, a senior political reporter for, has been covering the intersection of politics and ideology for years. Before the 2004 election, and during the ensuing months when many Americans were trying to understand how an administration marked by cronyism, disregard for the national budget, and poorly disguised self-interest had been reinstated, Goldberg traveled through the heartland of a country in the grips of a fevered religious radicalism: the America of our time. From the classroom to the mega-church to the federal court, she saw how the growing influence of dominionism-the doctrine that Christians have the right to rule nonbelievers-is threatening the foundations of democracy.

In Kingdom Coming, Goldberg demonstrates how an increasingly bellicose fundamentalism is gaining traction throughout our national life, taking us on a tour of the parallel right-wing evangelical culture that is buoyed by Republican political patronage. Deep within the red zones of a divided America, we meet military retirees pledging to seize the nation in Christ's name, perfidious congressmen courting the confidence of neo-confederates and proponents of theocracy, and leaders of federally funded programs offering Jesus as the solution to the country's social problems.

With her trenchant interviews and the telling testimonies of the people behind this movement, Goldberg gains access into the hearts and minds of citizens who are striving to remake the secular Republic bequeathed by our founders into a Christian nation run according to their interpretation of scripture. In her examination of the ever-widening divide between believers and nonbelievers, Goldberg illustrates the subversive effect of this conservative stranglehold nationwide. In an age when faith rather than reason is heralded and the values of the Enlightenment are threatened by a mystical nationalism claiming divine sanction, Kingdom Coming brings us face to face with the irrational forces that are remaking much of America.

About Michelle Goldberg

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Michelle Goldberg is a contributing editor at Religion Dispatches and a senior correspondent for American Prospect . Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone , the New York Observer , the Guardian [London], Newsday , and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published April 17, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 272 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The author infers that Reconstructionism is the new master philosophy, in part because conventional politicians and religious leaders sometimes appear at the same public events as Reconstructionists;

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These events precipitated an eruption of rage and invective from fundamentalists and reinforced their palpably absurd but passionate conviction that Christians are persecuted in this country, particularly at the hands of “liberal, activist judges.” Goldberg is an investigative journalist who spe...

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"Christian Nationalist" is the label journalist Michelle Goldberg pins on the large swath of godly conservatives – those who're united by an unshakable belief in a biblically correct world-view to govern state and self alike – driving the ascendant political machine of the right.

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I say "pseudo Christian" (although Goldberg does not - she doesn't engage in theological debate in her book) because for most people like myself who were raised as Christians, the Christian Nationalists propound a form of church/state merger, and an essential theology, tha...

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