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The real gift of Taylor's book is his argument that this militant Christian faith must be viewed against a backdrop of the American political romanticism and corporatist liberalism of U.S. past and present. Taylor uses the best of cultural and historical studies, while deftly drawing lessons for American readers from theologian Paul Tillich's analysis of power and religion during the rise of fascism and nationalism in Germany of the 1930s.
The result is an innovative framework for interpreting how Christian nationalists, Pentagon war planners and corporate institutions today are forging alliances in the U.S. that have dramatic and destructive global impact. Moving beyond lament, Taylor also leaves readers with a new romance of revolutionary traditions and a new more radical liberalism, revitalizing American visions of spirit that are both prophetic and public for U.S. residents today.
|Introduction : faith, American empire, and spirit||1|
|1||Evil in public life today||17|
|2||The 9/11 moment||35|
|3||The specter of American romanticism||47|
|4||The specter of contractual liberalism||71|
|5||The specter of prophetic spirit||96|
|Epilogue : Christian faith and counterimperial practice||156|