Faith-Based War: From 9/11 to Catastrophic Success in Iraq

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  • Copyright: 8/13/2014
  • Publisher: Routledge
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A faith-based policy governed key features of the American invasion of Iraq, including the choice of a self-defeating Shock and Awe strategy, and a grossly mismanaged occupation. A religious rationale likewise blinded devotees of the White House torture program to the predictable cost in American lives, and the damage to Americas moral standing. The Bush Administration embraced an imperialist Christian militarism that unites elements of classic Puritan tradition with the mythology of the Western frontier. Faith-Based War brings into focus this dangerous perversion of Christian teaching, and details its catastrophic results.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Faith-Based War
Catastrophic Success
American Blindspotp. 12
Religious Trauma
America the Beautiful
Defending God's Chosenp. 27
City on a Hill
Alternative Cities
Limitless Divine Sanctionp. 43
Land of Promise
Wine of Astonishment
Rival Traditions
The Fire of Freedomp. 60
The Shining City as God
Christian Soldiers
The President as Mystic
Drinking the Kool Aidp. 79
Conquest as Liberation
Saddam as Hitler
Unreal Cities
Avenging Angel 96
Saint George
Christlike Sacrifice
The Wrath of the Lamb
Six-Gun Saviorsp. 111
Make-Believe Cowboys
Messiahs on Horseback
Six-gun Saviors in the White House
Moral Clarity and Moral Collapsep. 131
Shock and Awe
Moral Clarity in Battle
Dead Certainty
Shaken Souls
A Theology of Torturep. 148
Advertising the Dark Side
A Theology of Torture
UnAmerican Activities
Coda: Hooded Manp. 170
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 186
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