A Judeo-Islamic Nation: The Evolution of America's Political Theologyby Thomas Mates
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Since the 4th century AD, true-to-the-Gospel Christianity has been a scarce commodity. Believers have always desired a religion more practical than the one in the Book -- so much so that among politically active believers, Christianity long ago morphed into a religion more in line with the basic themes of Judaism and Islam (land, prosperity, justice, self-governance, and self-defense) than with the passive fatalism of Jesus and Paul. And since its beginnings in colonial New England, the American version of this Judeo-Islamic faith has continued to evolve, being reshaped time and again by the forces of history, national character, and even by advances in technology.
A Judeo-Islamic Nation presents a new kind of religious criticism. Written by a scientist and nonbeliever, it presents an analysis intended not to defeat or marginalize religion, but simply to emphasize its human, evolving nature. A Judeo-Islamic Nation was written to stimulate a richer, more productive conversation between believers and nonbelievers, and between American Christians and Muslims.
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Thomas E. Mates, Ph.D., is a materials scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After completing his scientific education he began to study the history and public applications of religion. His particular area of interest has been the conflict between the ideal of religion as a source of moral absolutes, and the reality that each believer invents his or her own creed. Several of his articles on religion and society have appeared in The Humanist and Free Inquiry magazines; this is his first book.
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