This is a collection of articles by a group of young scholars addressing the nexus between political conservatism, evangelical Christianity, and American consumerist culture.The triumph of American political conservatism in the last two decades has been paralleled by the ascendance of Christian evangelicalism. More importantly, the political campaigns of 2000 and 2004 marked a convergence between these two political entities with an effectiveness never before seen in national elections. This cultural shift turns on a mutual embrace. On the one side, conservatives have successfully set the terms of debate around so-called "family values" and the status of religion in the public sphere. On the other side, evangelicals have mobilized in a new self-awareness of their formidable political power and now demand representation at all levels of government.What are the religious seeds of this convergence? Upon what fundamental ideas does it rest?What potential dangers does it present for the concepts of "religion," "politics" and "America"? How secure is this alliance, and what does each side sacrifice in order to sustain it?
Must all religion in America now become similarly engaged in the political sphere?This volume is a collection of articles by a group of young scholars addressing the nexus between political conservatism, evangelical Christianity, and American consumerist culture. Drawing widely upon examples from contemporary culture, these articles are a critical engagement with this turn and attempt to delineate its dynamics, trajectory, and content.
Jeffrey W. Robbins is Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy (August 2002 to present) and Director of the College Colloquium (January 2006 to present) Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania. Neal Magee is Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Le Moyne College, 2005-2007. Slavoj Zizek is one of the world's leading contemporary cultural critics and a hugely prolific author. He is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York. John D. Caputo is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University
Introduction; "A Taste for Theory" - John D. Caputo; 1. "Radical Religion and American Democracy" - Jeffrey W. Robbins; 2. "Prophetic Evangelicalism: Towards a Politics of Hope" - Peter Goodwin Heltzel; 3. "A Christian Politics of Vulnerability" - Anna Mercedes; 4. "Truthiness, Family Values and Conservative Consumerism" - Adam S. Miller; 5. " "The Cultural Logic of Evangelical Christianity" - Christopher Haley and Creston Davis. 6. "Jeb Stuart's Revenge: The Civil War, the Religious Right, and American Fascism" - Clayton Crockett; 7. "In What Sense is the United States a Theocracy?" - Ben Stahlberg; 8. "Christianity, Capitalism, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republic" - Andrew Saldino; 9. "Sovereignty and State-Form" - Rocco Gangle; 10. "The Politics of Immanence" - J. Heath Atchley; 11. "'An Army of One?' Subject, Signifier, and the Symbolic" - Melissa Conroy; 12. "Freedom Ain't Free: Politics and Religion at the Heart of a Muddled Concept" - Mary-Jane Rubenstein; 13. "Incongruent Beliefs and the Vitality of Fantasy: The New Politics of Religion" - Neal Magee; Postface; "Better Dead than Red - Again!" - Slavoj Zizek.