POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

Bloomsbury Pr. Mar. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781635573435. $28. POL SCI
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Journalist Stewart (The Good News Club) paints a disturbing picture in this thorough accounting of the rise of religious nationalism, which promotes that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and that the government should pass laws informed by a particular reading of the Bible. The movement consists of an ever-changing group of activists, leaders, and organizations and relies on donations from some of the wealthiest families in America, such as that of late publisher Richard Mellon Scaife as well the as the family of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Stewart explains how, under the Trump administration, religious nationalists have regular access to senior government officials through Bible studies attended by legislators and cabinet officials. Religious nationalists have had great success in getting jurists appointed to federal courts and have seen courts rule in their favor on the funding of private religious schools with public money, along with the erosion of the separation of church and state.
VERDICT A must-read for those interested in the influence of religion on politics and the effects on our political institutions.
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