The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America Are Winning the Culture War
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The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America Are Winning the Culture War

by Dan Gilgoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312357907

ISBN-13: 9780312357900

Pub. Date: 02/06/2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

A provocative yet balanced look at James Dobson and Focus on the Family: the untold story of the most powerful religious and political force in America.

The crucial Ohio get-out-the-vote effort that lifted Bush over Kerry. The Terri Schiavo controversy. The push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Attacks on Roe v. Wade. Intelligent design in our

Overview

A provocative yet balanced look at James Dobson and Focus on the Family: the untold story of the most powerful religious and political force in America.

The crucial Ohio get-out-the-vote effort that lifted Bush over Kerry. The Terri Schiavo controversy. The push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Attacks on Roe v. Wade. Intelligent design in our science curriculum. The evangelical right has pushed all of these initiatives, led by the immense behind-the-scenes influence of Dr. James Dobson, the founder and chairman of Focus on the Family: an organization that has grown from its roots as a local parenting advice center to a powerful ministry that broadcasts Dr. Dobson each day on more than 3,000 radio and 80 television stations in the U.S. alone. Dobson has supplanted Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Ralph Reed as the spokesman for tens of millions of American evangelical Christians--even though Dobson is not a minister, but a family therapist with a doctorate in child development.

The Jesus Machine is the first book to examine Focus on the Family as the cutting edge of the larger evangelical movement, as it works to become the voice of mainstream America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312357900
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
The Crossroads     1
Billy Graham's Heir     18
Vatican West     43
The Long War     71
The Beltway's Bible Belt     106
Dobson's D-Day     138
The Values Vote     173
The Bench Press     212
Looking for God in the Democratic Party     242
Epilogue     268
Afterword     283
Notes     299
Interviews     311
Index     319

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