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978-1-4985-8673-3 • Hardback • November 2019 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
978-1-4985-8674-0 • eBook • November 2019 • $95.00 • (£73.00)
Samuel P. Perry is associate professor at Baylor University.
Introduction: The GOP and the Christian Right
Chapter 1: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, Certitude and Aporias: We’re Ready to Believe You
Chapter 2: Imprecating Whiteness and Losing Black Religious Freedom: The Damned Road from Jeremiah Wright to Rick Warren in the Obama Campaign
Chapter 3: Amalekites and Birthrights: The Birther Conspiracy, Dominion Theology, and Othering Barack Obama
Chapter 4: The Holy Wars and the Crusade against Obama: Muslim Conspiracy Theories and the War on Terror
Conclusion: The 4 Horsemen and a turn to the Eschatological
Fascinating and essential reading for anyone wanting to better understand the intersections of race, religion, and conservative politics in the contemporary United States. Samuel P. Perry’s careful analysis reconciles seemingly disparate conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama’s faith and birthplace by demonstrating them to be logical extensions of the dominion theology that predominates the Christian Right.
— Ryan McGeough, University of Northern Iowa
Through the discourse of the Christian Right, Samuel P. Perry illustrates the convergence of race, politics, and religion in American life. This text is essential reading for anyone interested in these constructs, individually or in combination.
— Michael S. Waltman, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This is an important and timely argument that critically deconstructs the ideological strategies of the far right wing of Christianity in the United States. Perry ultimately demonstrates how epideictic rhetoric dominates the discourses of the Christian Right, in effect displacing the possibilities for deliberation, conciliation, and political pluralism. His conclusions are chilling: The schisms in the contemporary political scene are, in part, symptomatic of the gravitational pull of far right Christian ideology on the GOP.
— A. Susan Owen, University of Puget Sound