Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)

af Stephen Prothero
10t 42m Oplæst af Tristan Morris

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In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today’s heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right vs. left and religious vs. secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win. Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably, today’s heated cultural and political battles between right and left, Progressives and Tea Party, religious and secular are far from unprecedented. In this engaging and important work, Stephen Prothero reframes the current debate, viewing it as the latest in a number of flashpoints that have shaped our national identity. Prothero takes us on a lively tour through time, bringing into focus the election of 1800, which pitted Calvinists and Federalists against Jeffersonians and “infidels;” the Protestants’ campaign against Catholics in the mid-nineteenth century; the anti-Mormon crusade of the Victorian era; the fundamentalist-modernist debates of the 1920s; the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s; and the current crusade against Islam. As Prothero makes clear, our culture wars have always been religious wars, progressing through the same stages of conservative reaction to liberal victory that eventually benefit all Americans. Drawing on his impressive depth of knowledge and detailed research, he explains how competing religious beliefs have continually molded our political, economic, and sociological discourse and reveals how the conflicts which separate us today, like those that came before, are actually the byproduct of our struggle to come to terms with inclusiveness and ideals of “Americanness.” To explore these battles, he reminds us, is to look into the soul of America—and perhaps find essential answers to the questions that beset us.


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Kamho 🐒 Yung

Jeg synes faktisk at bogen her var lidt svært at komme igennem, ikke fordi at bogen er kedelig, jeg bare føler lidt, at nogle af kapitlerne bliver lidt tungt, hvis man ikke har en god paratviden i de specifikke emner, f.eks. mormonisme. Jeg kan på det kraftigste anbefale, at man læser Protheros “God is Not One” og “Religious Literacy”. De berører også nogle af de centrale emner, som bogen her taler om

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Tristan Morris

Politik og regering
Politiske ideologier
Konservatisme og demokratiske ideologier til højre for midten
Liberalisme og demokratiske ideologier på midten
Social og Kulturel historie