Captain America and the Crusade against Evil The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism

ISBN-10: 0802828590

ISBN-13: 9780802828590

Edition: 2004

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface
The Challenge of a Contradictory Civil Religion
The Strange Persistence of Biblical Language
The Steady Theme of Redeeming the World
A Contradictory Civil Religion in the Time of Jihad
The Endangered Towers and the Crusade Against Jihad
Contradictory Responses
The Background of September 11
Martial Response and Lost Opportunities
Militant Jihad's Rationale
The Parallel Logic of Crusade and Jihad
Popular Culture as a Bearer of the National Complex
Superheroic Entertainments and Civil Religion
The Rise of the American Monomyth
The Popularization of Crusading Zeal
American Superheroism as a Threat to Democracy
The Challenge of Pop Fascism
A Rod of Iron or a Light to the Nations
The Birth of Israelite Zeal and Realism
The Critique of Zealous Warfare by Prophetic Realists
Israel's Dilemma during the Roman Period
The Book of Revelation and the Dominance of Zealotry
America's Zeal to Redeem the World
The Rise of a Millennial Mission
Clashes between Zealous Nationalism and Prophetic Realism
Zeal's Frustration and the Claim of Manifest Destiny
The Religious Impulse in American Imperialism
World War I as a Millennial Crusade
World War II and the Disjunction between Zeal and Realism
The Frustration of American Zealous Nationalism
The Cold War's Thwarted Crusade
Brinkmanship and the Ideology of Anti-communism
The Arrogant Missteps of Global Idealism
Defeated Superheroism in Vietnam
Zealous Nationalism and the Loss of Honor
The Ascendancy of Mythic Politics
Artificial Euphoria and the Mayaguez Episode
Carter's Failure at Domestic Superheroism
Reagan and the Ephemeral Triumph of Macho Superheroism
The Mirage of Invulnerable Defense
Illusions of National Innocence
The Gulf War and the Lost Chance for Prophetic Realism
Clinton's Frivolous Use of Mythic Politics
The Rapturous Rebirth of Millennial Zealotry
The Recent Popularity of the Doom Boom
The Background of Millennial Theology
Calendars for the Rapture
Recent Forms of Millennial Civil Religion
Jerusalem and the End of Days
Responsible Uses of the Apocalyptic
The Global Popularization of Zeal and Jihad
The Recent Militarization of Jihad
Zealous Fervor in Israel
Spiraling Sanctified Violence
Aum Shinrikyo in Japan
Seeking Responsible Forms of Zeal and Jihad
Consumed by Zeal and Jihad
Zeal in the Bible
Hot Zeal in Its Modern Embodiments
The Dominance of Cool Zeal
Artful Zeal's Destructive Legacy
The All-consuming Nature of Zeal and Jihad
The Need for Modest Zeal and Jihad
Evil as a Grand Conspiracy
Conspiracy Theory in the Bible
A Realistic Theory of Evil
Grand Conspiracies in American Politics
Conspiracy Theory and the Vietnam War
Paths Away from the Grand Conspiracy
Stereotypes of Good and Evil
The Rise of Stereotypes in Biblical History
American Adaptations of Ancient Stereotypes
Six Features of Popular Stereotypes
Problematic Stereotypes in Recent History
Three Negative Effects of Stereotyping
Five Strategies to Overcome Destructive Stereotypes
To Convert Them or Destroy Them
Redemptive Violence in the Bible
Violence and America's Sense of Mission
The Mystique of Violence in American Wars
Hosea's Critique of the Mystique of Violence
Overcoming the Illusions of Redemptive Destruction
Neither Humiliation Nor Defeat
Victory as the Reward for Piety in the Old Testament
The Deuteronomic Principle in American History
Mythic Responses to Defeat
The Impact of Defeat on Civil Religion
Bringing Prophetic Resources to the Experience of Defeat
Crusades Against Symbolic Desecration
The Struggle to Prevent Flag Desecration
The Danger of Sanctifying National Symbols
Holiness as a Theological Issue
Muslim Campaigns against Desecration
Ominous Parallels in the Flag Desecration Campaign
Biblical Links between Desecration and Zealous Violence
Prophetic Realism in Response to Jihad
Isaiah's Vision for Conflict Resolution
A Vision of Global Government
Waning American Support for International Law
Recovering America's Constitutional Mission
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Ancient Texts
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