A revealing and unfortunately not surprising look at the role of religious (Christian) fundamentalism in American politics. Recommended.
I think it loses detachment and journalistic tone towards the end of the book, though Goldman made no such claim to either at the beginning.
I also expected Goldman to provide some kind of definite resolution to the battle between secularists and fundamentalists. She provides some unsatisfactory suggestions; unsatisfying because I think a central theme of the book is that there is no such resolution....Continua
Michelle Goldberg is a writer for Salon. Have read and heard numerous reviews and interviews with the author about this new release.
"In an impressive piece of lucid journalism, Salon.com reporter Goldberg dives into the religious right and sorts out the history and networks of what to most liberals is an inscrutable parallel universe. She deconstructs "dominion theology," the prevalent evangelical assertion that Christians have a "responsibility to take over every aspect of society." Goldberg makes no attempt to hide her own partisanship, calling herself a "secular Jew and ardent urbanite" who wrote the book because she "was terrified by America's increasing hostility to... cosmopolitan values." This carefully researched and riveting treatise will hardly allay its audience's fears, however; secular liberals and mainstream believers alike will find Goldberg's descriptions of today's culture wars deeply disturbing."...Continua