God-botherers and Other True Believers: Gandhi, Hitler, and the Religious Right

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Berghahn Books, 2008 - Political Science - 229 pages

When reason fails to guide us in our everyday lives, we turn to faith, to religion; we close our minds; we reject austere reasoning. This rejection, which is a faith-based social and intellectual malignancy, has two unfortunate consequences: it blocks the way to knowledge that might enhance the quality of life and it opens the way to charlatans who exploit the faith of others. Examining two unquestionable malignancies of "the Christian Right" in present-day politics in the United States and the "secular religion" of Hitler's National Socialism, as well as the third, more complex case of Gandhi, the author asserts that we need religion, but we also need to make sure it does no harm.

 

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Contents

Faith REASON AND CONSEQUENCES
15
RELIGION AND PERSUASION IN POLITICS
39
DESERT MARKETPLACE AND FORUM
71
THE NEED FOR ENEMIES
116
THE FREEDOM FIGHT
149
Gandhis CHARISMA
160
Gandhis RELIGION AND POLITICAL REALITY
178
THE FIRST CAUSE AND THE LAST WORD
199
Diseducation
207
INDEX
221
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F. G. Bailey is an emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, where he taught from 1972-1994. He was formerly the founding professor of anthropology at the University of Sussex, UK and has published fifteen books (two of them edited volumes).

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