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.