Christianity and Hegemony: Religion and Politics on the Frontiers of Social Change

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By comparing Third World evangelical churches to those in America, the authors ask to what extent a right-wing political agenda underlies the recent upsurge of such churches.

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By comparing Third World evangelical churches to those in America, the authors ask to what extent a right-wing political agenda underlies the recent upsurge of such churches.

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"... these essays will do much to refine and re-shape many easy assumptions about the political role of Christianity worldwide." --Theological Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854967490
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edited by Jan Nederveen, Pieterse Senior Lecturer, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Christianity, Politics, and Gramscism of the Right: Introduction 1
Christianity and Hegemony 2
Christianity, Power, and Capital 9
Frontiers of Hegemony 11
Gramscism of the Right 22
2 Holy Warriors 33
The Right After Reagan 33
The Contras' Chaplains 49
Africa
3 The Religious Right and Low-Intensity Conflict in Southern Africa 59
Precedents 59
The Eloff Commission 1981-1984 77
Major U.S. Religious Right Groups 87
The RAMBO Coalition 89
Jesus Christ for Peace in South Africa 97
United Christian Action 101
Reformed Independent Churches Association 104
Right-wing Religion and Militarism 113
Frontline Fellowship - Veterans for Victory 116
4 American Evangelicalism in Zimbabwe 121
From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe 121
The Religious Transnationals 124
Crusades 127
Local Ministries 130
Significance 132
The Level of Awareness 134
Growing Awareness 140
Asia
5 Christian Politics in the Philippines 147
The Philippines as a Spanish Colony 149
American Mission and Expansion 154
American Hegemony 159
Differentiation within Catholicism 166
Modernization and Evangelism in the Marcos Era 173
Right-wing Forces Behind Aquino 181
Epilogue 189
6 The History of a Metaphor: Christian Zionism and the Politics of Apocalypse 191
Prologue: Politics of Apocalypse 194
Act One: Puritans and Israelites 199
Act Two: Evangelicals and Jews 208
Act Three: American Evangelicals and Israel 213
Denouement 226
Europe
7 Catholics and Politics in Western Europe 235
The Church Versus Modern Ideologies 237
A Polish Pope Comes to Rome 243
Christian Democracy and the Centers of Power 246
Christian Democracy and European Integration 250
The Rise of the Conservative Tide 253
Catholic Networks 258
The Knights of Malta: Crusaders for All Seasons 259
Opus Dei: Spartans of Catholicism 263
The Anti-Communist International 267
Epilogue 271
8 An American Pentecostal Mission to Poland in 1989 273
YWAM 274
The "Go-Team" 275
One Church's Aggressive Missions Program 277
Training in the Netherlands 278
Team Prayer 279
Drama Team and Prayer Team 280
The Mime 281
The Drama's Scenario 281
In Poland 283
Frank's Church 283
Street Theatre 284
Prayer and Healing 285
Demons: The Dualistic Worldview 288
Team Dynamics 289
Emotions 290
Opposition 292
Attitude Toward Catholics 292
The Revival Rally 293
The End of the Outreach 296
Conclusions 298
Adapting to an Uncertain Future 300
9 Apocalyptic Responses to the War with Iraq 303
Notes on Contributors 312
Index 314
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