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Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America

Running Press Book Publishers / 2007 / Paperback

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For much of American history, evangelicalism was aligned with progressive political causes - 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. How has evangelical Christianity become so entrenched in partisan politics? Randall Balmer, an evangelical Christian and an historian of American religion, deftly combines ethnographic research, theological reflections, and historical context to examine the nature of the Religious Right today - and offers a rallying cry for liberal Christians to reclaim the noble traditions of their faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0465005209
ISBN-13: 9780465005208
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For much of American history, evangelicalism was aligned with progressive political causes-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. How has evangelical Christianity become so entrenched in partisan politics? Randall Balmer, an evangelical Christian and a historian of American religion, deftly combines ethnographic research, theological reflections, and historical context to examine the nature of the Religious Right today-and offers a rallying cry for liberal Christians to reclaim the noble traditions of their faith.

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Randall Balmer is Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University, and a visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. Balmer has published ten books, including Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, which was made into a three-part documentary for PBS. He lives in Woodbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Catharine Randall, who is also a professor and an author.

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