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An Argument Against Christian Armies or Hammers of God (Part1)

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This article is a small part of a very comprehensive argument to church and government against Dominionism and Theocracy in the US, Christian Reconstruction politics, and the effects on humanity. As an excerpt it is addressed to the appropriate parties religious and secular.

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To understand philosophic theocracy beyond being a pipe dream of some isolated extremists and see the major effects on your life today a few things need to be clear, crystal clear.

The language used in the supplied quotes must be viewed as a metaphor for something concrete, and not abstract. Throughout this series of articles I will refer to this example. Soft and hard are only conceptual until you are personally hit in the head with the first brick. Then it is clear.

Whether you are religious or not and view the world around you in a rational way or not, most of the world including the US is steeped and percolating in religion. In many variegated and nuanced forms it is what shapes and moves the events around you and me.

The extreme example and most frightening is when a particularly aggressive form of it is impressed and imprinted on the ultimate tool of State- The US Military. If it has gone this far it could only have happened if it was forwarded and approved even tacitly by our 3 branches of government.

If this can be shown clearly as well as how, why, and by whom, the entire paradigm of life has been changed. Our world has become a very dangerous place.

First a concept- There are two types of religious practice that work in tandem in our world, conceptual (esoteric/exoteric) and mechanical( which is about building it).

An example in the everyday and on subject would be the weapon from the movie "the Fifth Element". A general saw it, said he wanted it conceived (esoteric), it was developed (mechanical), and is ready to deploy. Another would be Pat Robertson in his failed presidential bid said he would create what amounted to an esoteric pre-crime unit. That technology has now been developed and is being readied.

Philosophic Theocracy in the American Government and Military

"According to American sociologist Robert Bellah, within the U.S. "there actually exists alongside of and rather clearly differentiated from the churches an elaborate and well-institutionalized civil religion 2 in America"this religious dimension-has its own seriousness and integrity and requires the same care in understanding that any other religion does". [1]

This religion is rooted in the Protestant millennialism brought over with the Puritans from England. [2] Its tenets are rooted in American Exceptionalism; the idea that America is the new Chosen Nation or new Israel. It is bulwarked by the concept that America chosen by God would spread this liberty throughout the world. Then it would enjoy a thousand year reign of religious and civil liberty.

Although Protestant in presentation it recognizes the outward display and practice of all religion agreeing with its tenets. [3] The religion itself over time became and provides the overall orthodoxy. From the days of the Puritans until today, its goals and methodologies have changed reflecting policy. Its overall structure has been built to be in the background of everyday life.

The language of the religion shifted from solely religious to political in text and context [4] but in application it is with fundamentalist religious fervor. Its enemies are always evil. It always presupposes a war of heaven and hell in all its conflicts. Its sole conflict regardless of where in the world is against the forces of evil or godless nations and enemies.

"American evangelical Christianity is the sort of "good religion' Machiavelli calls for. The evangelicals do not quietly accept their destiny, believing instead they are called upon to fight corruption and reestablish virtue." (p. 159) [5]

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The subject itself requires a very exacting look i... by George Eliason on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:53:47 AM