BLUEPRINT FOR THEOCRACY: The Christian Right’s Vision for America–Examining a Radical “Worldview” and its Roots
By James Sanford
From its beginnings in the late 1970s, the Religious Right has expressed hostility toward America’s open, secular society and made no secret of its desire to transform the country into an explicitly “Christian nation.” Given its controversial views, it is remarkable how little attention has been given to the ideology that shapes its thinking.
Blueprint for Theocracy is the first book to explore fully the nature and origin of the Religious Right’s highly charged ideas. It traces the movement’s belief system, commonly called “Christian Worldview,” to four Christian thinkers known for their theocratic and authoritarian doctrines. These doctrines, modified and assimilated by the movement in recent years, have been conveyed to the faithful through textbooks, lectures, and seminars.
The book goes on to examine in depth how the Christian Right uses the ideology to further a broad political and cultural agenda. It shows specifically how the ideology promotes a concept of “total truth” unique to biblical Christians that enables them to redefine freedom, law, government, and even history and science, in their own infallible terms. A vision for the future and plan of action are formed on the basis of these certainties. The book concludes by discussing the danger the ideology poses to democratic society and offers intelligent ways of confronting it.
“An exposé on the American Religious Right, this intelligent unveiling is a powerful call to action for secularists.”–ForeWord Reviews
“Historian James Sanford sets an ambitious goal: to trace the Religious Right’s ideology back to its theological origins. . . . For those seeking a thorough grounding.”–Church and State
“In this penetrating analysis, James Sanford dissects this movement, delves into its origins and, most importantly, explains its profound effect.”–Rob Boston, author of Taking Liberties and numerous other books on the Christian Right
Blueprint for Theocracy exists in hardcover, softcover, and e-book versions. Category: Politics/Religion. Publisher: Metacomet Books. Specifications: 288 pages, footnotes, glossary, and index. Published in 2014.
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GREAT FREETHINKERS: Selected Quotations by Famous Skeptics and Nonconformists
Compiled by James Sanford
Great Freethinkers is a book of more than 1,000 irreverent and wise quotations by men and women who were not afraid to challenge conventional notions of God, country, and culture. Included are truth seekers from Heraclitus to Albert Einstein, and heretics from Thomas Paine to Edward Abbey. Almost 200 men and women are represented here. It is the first book to feature the opinions of freethinkers not just on religion, but on politics, science, and the whole range of human issues.
The term “freethinker’ broadly designates one who thinks independently and questions accepted norms and traditions. There is no single “creed” of free thought, as shown here by the inclusion of atheists, agnostics, unconventional theists, liberals, anarchists, and socialists. Their quotations have been gathered under 45 topics, carefully attributed and referenced, and placed chronologically under each topic. Entries have been chosen for their incisiveness, depth, and wit. It is hoped that readers will find this both a stimulating read and a useful reference tool for future exploration. The book, originally published in 2004, has since been included in Margaret Downey’s “Tree of Knowledge” list of key readings on free thought.
“An exhaustive compendium of skeptical thought, the volume puts on display many thinkers who have not been brought under the scope of such anthologies in the past. By turns witty, pungent, cynical, and poignant, the book accomplishes exactly what it is designed to do: provoke thought and reflection.”–S. T. Joshi, literary historian and author of numerous books on free thought
“An anthology of great depth and coverage, highly suggestive, and a pleasure to read. A book that will be consulted for years to come.”–James A. Haught, editor of the Charleston Gazette
Great Freethinkers is available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Category: Philosophy/Religion. Publisher: Metacomet Books. Specifications: 264 pages, index. Published in 2004.
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