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4.0 out of 5 stars A timely warning, if overstated., 2 Sep 2011
This review is from: American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (Paperback)
Does Chris Hedges ever examine his own beliefs as critically and thoroughly as he has demolished those of the so-called Christian Right in the USA? It seems from this book that he is afraid to take the final step into the great unknown of atheism, which a man of his intelligence and sense should be able to do. Join us! It's nice here!

He is as woolly as Rowan Williams or Prince Charles. For example, in the first chapter, "Faith", he clearly sets out the vast inconsistencies and repellent hatreds in the Bible which utterly undermine any claim to inerrancy (unless God forgot to employ an editor). But then he states that "We are saved, in the end, by faith - faith that life is not meaningless and random... acts of compassion... sustain the divine spark, which is love." Do those words have any meaning? If his faith is not in a supernatural entity, then why pretend to be a Christian at all? If it is in God, then why not say so?

Anyway, most of this is compelling stuff, full of the first-hand details which bring an immediacy to his accounts of the paranoia, arrogance and sheer lunacy which characterise the dominionists who seek to turn the U.S.A. into a theocracy like Iran. He vividly shows the closeness of these fundamentalists' beliefs and practices to those of earlier fascists by starting the book with Umberto Eco's list of fascists' typical features and then going on to let them hang themselves with their own words.

My lengthy personal experience of similar churches in the UK bears out the truth of his descriptions. And any time of the day we can look at the religious TV channels even here in the UK and see the lies, the fake promises of miracles, the appeals to the emotions which these already-rich evangelists use to enrich themselves even further.

The book includes an extensive bibliography and references to ensure accuracy.
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2014 07:01:39 GMT
J says:
Being a Christian doesn't intrinsically mean you have faith in a supernatural entity. I used to think the same thing when I hadn't read too much into it.

I haven't read Hedge's view on faith/God, but Marcus Borg is someone who makes the case against a supernatural entity, or "Supernatural Theism", while still justifying the Christian faith in The God We Never Knew.

""We are saved, in the end, by faith - faith that life is not meaningless and random... acts of compassion... sustain the divine spark, which is love." Do those words have any meaning?"

Aye, they do!
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