November 26th, 2006

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Recommended link; book review; religious language and political language...

Highly recommended: Paul Baumann's review (titled "Unto the Father") of Damon Linker's book The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege, at http://www.powells.com/wmo/review/2006_11_26 . It's long, but it's well worth the time it takes to read it. Here are two samples, to give you the flavor:

"For [Father Richard John] Neuhaus is that rare religious thinker who 'likes contact,' as football coaches say. He'd rather hit than play nice. Delighting in attention, he relishes intellectual combat, and his willingness to say what others only think endears him to his admirers. He can also be an elegant and compelling writer, combining the cadences of a preacher with the clever ripostes of a practiced debater. He knows how to flatter, and he knows
how to get under someone's skin. His skill at combining the loftiest of moral appeals with the bluntest political rhetoric and tactics makes him an emblematic -- and effective -- figure in our era of highly partisan politics."

And....

"Indeed, the more stridently the theocons' opponents attack the place of religion in our public life, the stronger -- at least strategically -- the Republican political position becomes with churchgoing voters. Neuhaus knows that trying to divorce religion from politics, especially in America, is a losing proposition."

I would enjoy reading your opinions about this review and the issues that it raises.