Fracture of Good Order Christian Antiliberalism and the Challenge to American Politics

ISBN-10: 0807854689
ISBN-13: 9780807854686
Edition: 2003
Authors: Jason C. Bivins
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Description: Whether picketing outside abortion clinics, speaking out at school board meetings, or attending anti-death penalty vigils, many Americans have publicly opposed local, state, or federal government policies on the basis of their religious convictions.  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/22/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Whether picketing outside abortion clinics, speaking out at school board meetings, or attending anti-death penalty vigils, many Americans have publicly opposed local, state, or federal government policies on the basis of their religious convictions. In The Fracture of Good Order, Jason Bivins examines the growing phenomenon of Christian protest against civil authority and political order in the United States. He argues that since the 1960s, there has been a proliferation of religious activism against what the protesters perceive as government's excessive power and lack of moral principle. Calling this phenomenon "Christian antiliberalism," Bivins finds at its center a belief that American politics is based on a liberal tradition that threatens the practice of a religious life and gives government too much social and economic influence. Focusing on the Catholic pacifism of Daniel and Philip Berrigan and the Jonah House resistance community, the Christian Right's homeschooling movement, and the evangelical Sojourners community, Bivins combines religious studies with political theory to explore the common ground shared by these disparate groups. Despite their vast ideological and institutional differences, these activists justify their actions in overtly religious terms based on a rejection of basic tenets of the American political system. Analyzing the widespread dissatisfaction with the conventional forms of political identity and affiliation that characterize American civic life today, this book sheds light on the complex relations between religion and democratic society.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Watch!": The Meanings of Christian Antiliberalism
The Irony of the Liberal State
Christianity Faithfully Lived Is Politics Enough: Prophetic Politics in the Sojourners Community
The Rootedness of Discontent: Culture and Identity in the New Christian Right
The Fracture of Good Order: The Berrigans and Ritual Protest
Joy Cometh with the Morning: Democracy, Power, and Christian Antiliberalism
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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