Armies of God

Iain Buchanan
2010, Citizens International
Softcover, 21.5cm x 14cm, 400 pages
ISBN: 9789833046096


Over the past 30 years, US foreign policy has relied increasingly on the presence of evangelical Christians in policy-making, administration, funding, and work in the field. It is a presence that is little advertised, and systematically obscured from public view. But it is a crucial and extremely influential presence — politically, militarily, culturally, and economically. And it is a presence which has had far-reaching (and often disastrous) effects on the relationship between the Christian West and non- Christian cultures, religious communities, and nations.

This book looks at the ways that Western politics incorporate, and exploit, religion. In particular, it examines the rise of US evangelicalism as a force in world affairs. It looks in detail at some of the most powerful of the agencies involved, and at the way they operate —- often as US government proxies — in such countries as Iraq, Indonesia, Thailand, and India.

Religion is always a delicate subject, and in recent years, religious extremism has had a busy press. Armies of God is a plea for us to realize just how pervasive (and unspoken) is the role of religion in power politics — and how destructive we have allowed it to become.

Weight 430 g
Dimensions 21.5 × 14 × 2 cm