Faith-Based War: From 9/11 to Catastrophic Success in Iraq

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"A faith-based policy governed key features of the American invasion of Iraq, including the choice of a self-defeating 'Shock and Awe' strategy, and a grossly mismanaged occupation. A religious rationale likewise blinded devotees of the White House torture program to the predictable cost in American lives, and the damage to America's moral standing." The Bush Administration embraced an imperialist Christian militarism that unites elements of classic Puritan tradition with the mythology of the Western frontier. Faith-Based War brings into focus this dangerous perversion of Christian teaching, and details its catastrophic results.

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"A fascinating and richly perceptive blend of social, ethical, political, theological, and historical analysis on the moral problem of American empire. Showing the relevance of political theology, it builds to a stunning meditation on the contradictions of Christian empire."Gary Dorrien, Columbia University, USA

"Devastating in its honesty, entirely convincing in its argument and universal in its reach. The analysis of ‘America the Beautiful’ as national symbol and ideological tool is fascinating, the lessons drawn from the consequences of moral luxury born of religious delusions, false innocence and the denial of culpability are instructive far beyond the borders of the United States … essential reading."Allan Boesak, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845531621
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Religion and Violence Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Walter Herbert teaches American literature and culture at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and has published extensively on issues of religion, cultural imperialism, and sexual politics, especially in the work of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. His most recent book is Sexual Violence and American Manhood.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 American Blindspot 12

Ch. 2 Defending God's Chosen 27

Ch. 3 Limitless Divine Sanction 43

Ch. 4 The Fire of Freedom 60

Ch. 5 Drinking the Kool Aid 79

Ch. 6 Avenging Angel 96

Ch. 7 Six-Gun Saviors 111

Ch. 8 Moral Clarity and Moral 131

Ch. 9 A Theology of Torture 148

Coda: Hooded Man 170

Bibliography 177

Index 186

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