The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege (Hardcover)

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George W. Bush has gone out of his way to blur the line between religion and politics in America—this is acknowledged by his strongest supporters no less than by his most strident critics. The most common explanation of the president’s religious agenda points to rise of evangelical Protestantism. Yet as Damon Linker demonstrates in his groundbreaking book, an exclusive focus on the role of evangelicals misses the heart of the story. At its core, the Bush administration’s overt religiosity represents the triumph of an ideological movement that for the past several decades has devoted itself to fashioning a theocratic governing philosophy for the United States—a governing philosophy rooted in Roman Catholicism. Led by Father Richard John Neuhaus, this group of “theoconservatives” has actively sought to roll back the division of church and state in American life.

The election of 2000 brought the theocons to the peak of political power and influence in Washington. Their ideas inspire the most controversial and divisive policies of the Bush administration—policies whose ultimate goal is nothing less than the end of secular politics in America.

Praise For…

“Required reading for anyone interested in the American political scene today.”
—Mark Lilla, professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago

The Theocons is invaluable as firsthand research, alarming in its implications for the future of American freedom, and devastating as a critique of the theocratic ambitions of those who now control the Republican Party.”
—Andrew Sullivan, The New Republic

The Theocons constitutes a major step toward reclaiming the liberal heritage that has made America great.”
—Alan Wolfe, author of The Transformation of American Religion

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385516471
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: September 19th, 2006
Pages: 288

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