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Vincent D. Rougeau

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188097.001.0001

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Christians in the American Empire

Vincent D. Rougeau

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that many American Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, appear unwilling to take a critical view of an economy and a political culture that not only promise easy prosperity at the cost of an increasingly dehumanizing — and profoundly anti-Christian — atomism but also offer simplistic answers to complex global economic and social problems. These same Christians have thrown their support to leaders who have demonstrated themselves incapable of demanding any kind of real communal work or sacrifice from the American people for the privileges and freedoms they enjoy. Instead, these Christians have devoted their energies to shoring up the culture of easy prosperity and unrestrained power. They have become apologists for an imperialist foreign policy that places heavy burdens on the poor and the working class, while at the same time they press for reactionary solutions to complex social problems like terrorism, abortion, homosexual unions, and immigration.

Keywords:   American Christians, political culture, Religious Right, Republicans, economy, social problems, foreign policy

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