The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us
New York, NY: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005. First edition. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. vii, , 328 p. Index. The Baptizing of America: Politics, Piety, and the Coming Theocracy exposes the systematic campaign by Christian fundamentalists to co-opt and take over every "room" of American society from the bedroom to the school room, hospital room, operating room, courtroom, work room, reading room and newsroom. This book focuses on the aggressive war currently being led by fundamentalist Christians to "baptize America. " It is a battle that will determine whether the United States remains a spiritually vital country but without an officially established religion, or whether it will become "Christianized, " a "faith-based nation" in which fundamentalist Christianity will be the sole legal dominant religion throughout the land. The war will decide whether America follows the path of many other nations and becomes a theocracy not unlike Iran and the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan. From Wikipedia: "A. James Rudin is an American rabbi noted for his work in inter-religious affairs. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a 1957 graduate of Wesleyan University. Rudin was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1960. He joined the staff of the American Jewish Committee in 1968 and retired in 2000 after serving for many years as 2000 National Interreligious Affairs Director. He was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion and Judaica at Saint Leo University in 2002." From another on-line posting "Rabbi A. James Rudin, Senior Interreligious Adviser, American Jewish Committee (AJC), retired in 2000 as AJC's National Interreligious Affairs Director. A 1960 graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he has been a leading figure in interreligious affairs since 1968, when he joined the AJC staff. In 1997 he was awarded the "Person of Reconciliation" Award from the Polish Council of Christians and Jews in Warsaw and the Joseph Award given by the Villa Nazareth, a Pontifical Institution. In 1999 the International Council of Christians and Jews awarded him its Interfaith Medallion. He has led interreligious delegations and conferences in many nations and was active in the civil rights movement. In 2002 he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion and Judaica at Saint Leo University. He writes a weekly commentary for the Religion News Service/Newhouse Newspaper Syndicate and has published articles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, New Catholic Encyclopedia, Reform Judaism, The Kansas Historical Quarterly, Commonweal, Encyclopedia Judaica, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, The Christian Century, and Christianity Today. He is the author of Israel for Christians: Understanding Modern Israel and co-editor of Evangelicals and Jews in Conversation, Evangelicals and Jews in an Age of Pluralism, Twenty Years of Jewish-Catholic Relations, and A Time to Speak: The Evangelical-Jewish Encounter. He is co-author of Why Me? Why Anyone and Prison or Paradise? The New Religious Cults (with his wife Marcia Rudin). " Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author.
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