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Author Peterson-Sparks, Elicka, 1967-

Title The devil you know : the surprising link between conservative Christianity and crime / Elicka Peterson-Sparks.

Publication Info. Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2016.


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 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  277.3083 P441d 2016    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 320 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents When did Christians get so mean (again)? -- Jesus loves you, but we're his favorites. Is the United States a Christian nation? ; Historical arguments ; Cultural arguments ; Statistical arguments ; The continuing influence of Christianity in the United States: the example of nonbelievers -- Why pick on Christian nationalists. A cultural movement ; Attributes of the belief system ; Criminogenic features of these Attributes -- A theory of violent religiosity. The big three: criminogenic aspects of Christian nationalism ; A theology and culture of violence ; The psychology of the fear of death ; Providing support for criminogenic strategies in the criminal justice system ; Predicting violence related to Christian nationalism ; Comparisons to a few competing explanations ; some final thoughts and suggestions for researchers -- The bible, cafeteria style. The war on sin ; Lethal violence in the bible ; Women as wicked and subhuman ; God hates homosexuals ; Spare the rod and spoil the child -- The lion or the lamb. The future of crime and justice in America ; From theory to research to improvement ; Freedom from Religious Tyranny ; The ten commandments in action ; What would Jesus really do? ; ten suggestions for combating religious violence in the United States.
Summary In this trenchant examination of Christianity's dark side, a criminologist argues persuasively that high rates of violent crime in the United States can be correlated with Christian conservative attitudes, especially in regard to social mores and politics. Of particular concern is "Christian nationalism." Supporters of this movement argue that America was founded as a Christian nation, and they work to install their fundamentalist brand of Christianity as the dominant factor in American political and social life. Far from being a fanatic outlier sect, this group is shown to have significant cultural influence, especially in the American South. Not coincidentally, the author suggests, the South also has the highest homicide rates.
Subject Christianity and politics -- United States.
Christian conservatism -- United States.
Religious right -- United States.
Crime -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Christian conservatism. (OCoLC)fst00858959
Christianity and politics. (OCoLC)fst00859736
Crime -- Religious aspects -- Christianity. (OCoLC)fst00883011
Religious right. (OCoLC)fst01094311
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
ISBN 9781633881501 (hardcover)
1633881504 (hardcover)
9781633881518 (e-book)
Standard No. 40025804654

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