Prophecy and politics: Militant evangelists on the road to nuclear war

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Prophecy and Politics: Militant Evangelists on the Road to Nuclear War by Grace Halsell 1986 Hardcover

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Prophecy and Politics is the carefully detailed and documented history of the growing alliance between militant zionism and christian fundamentalism. The purpose of such a union offorces, as it is concisely - almost surgically exposed by Halsell, is the return to Israeli control of all of Palestine and the rebuilding of the Temple ofJerusalem. For the religious zionist, such a redemption of the land is prerequisite to Messiah's first coming. For the American fundamentalist, it is prerequisite to Armageddon and Messiah's second coming. Reclamation and/or Armageddon are seen, therefore, as events most earnestly to be desired. Armageddon, at least by the fundamentalists, is also seen as nuclear and imminent, waiting only for proper orchestration from American political leaders. Halsell's comprehensive index, her scholarly citation of every quote and assertion, her deliberate simplicity of style and careful summations at the conclusion of each chapter, raise this work to the level of documentary. Indeed, her presentation of herself as having been reared fundamentalist is so delivered as to lay aside any possibility of the material's being interpretive; it is simply presented. Readers are left to draw their own conclusions. This is a startling book rendered with exquisite carefulness by a very able and experienced writer. Like the writer, however, a respectful reviewer too must suggest that any conclusions from the material presented should be drawn by the reader. -- From Independent Publisher

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Armageddon theology of the New Christian Rightpropagated by certain TV evangelists, including possible presidential candidate Pat Robertson and politically active Jerry Falwell, along with Hal Lindsey's widely read The Late Great Planet Earthis reaching an estimated 60 million Americans, according to born-again Christian journalist Halsell (Soul Sister. During two of Falwell's Holy Land tours, the author interviewed fundamentalist members, all of whom believed that we must fulfill the biblical prophecy of fighting World War III preparatory to Christ's Second Coming. Most disquieting, if one credits Halsell's evidence and conclusions, is her discussion of an alliance of the New Christian Right and militant Zionists who share a common belief and enthusiasm for a global holocaust. Alarming, too, is the extent of the political influence of these evangelists, the Israeli lobby and PACs, along with the author's assertion that Reagan's policies regarding military spending and disarmament are largely subject to his alleged belief in the inevitability of a God-willed nuclear war. 15,000 first printing; $15,000 ad/promo; author tour. (September
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