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The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada Hardcover – May 11 2010


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; First edition (May 11 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307356469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307356468
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Maron TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 11 2010
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As a dual citizen who has lived in Canada for only the past six years, I heartily recommend this book for all of this country's long-standing residents. In the last years of Jimmy Carter's presidency a parallel movement had begun in the United States. Even though Carter was a born-again believer, the Christian Right did not agree with his policies regarding the initiation of peace to the Middle East. Jerry Falwell, in conjunction with the Republican Party formed the major voting bloc that went by the name of the Moral Majority. It, too, was given very little notice and was discounted because it was, after all, formed by 'loving Christians'. Today, for those of you who have paid strict attention to the social disorder of the States, this movement has evolved into an ever invasive, theocratic monster whose power has overtaken most of secular Republican politics. For those of you who say, "This can't happen here. This is Canada!", the gauntlet has been thrown down by the author Marci McDonald and the reply is "Yes, it can if we're not diligent.".

Many of the Christian reviewers of this book take umbrage with the fact that the Neo-Christian organizations are being called out for what they are. They fear that they, too, are being painted with the same broad brush. Again, having lived through this transition myself and experienced it first hand, no, there is an extreme difference between your everyday, church-going Christians and the Neo-Christian Nationalists. This group is, in a word, EXTREME. They are falsely teaching that North American colonies were founded on theocratic principles when, in fact, they came here to escape religious oppression.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike on Nov. 13 2010
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A thought provoking book that will scare anyone who cherishes the freedom from dogma and the social diversity that makes Canada such a great country.
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful By John Stackhouse on May 18 2010
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Alas, Marci McDonald has raised an important issue--the rise and increased influence of certain theologically and politically right-wing Christians among the Conservative Party of Canada--but has done so in such a confused and unreliable way as to blunt the force of her argument.

She gets many facts wrong, confuses or conflates categories (fundamentalists = evangelicals = Christian right = religious right = socons = theocons), never defines key terms (ditto), and basically seems worried that people to her religious and political right are getting involved in politics without clearly saying why what they're doing is wrong or what "correct-thinking" people such as herself might do about it.

I'm blogging about this book at length. For now, I'll just say here that it is disappointing that so much evident effort has resulted in such a book, yet Marci McDonald is not wrong: There is a Christian Right in Canada and its influence is significant right up to the federal cabinet.
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10% of the Cdn population are evangelicals compared to 30% of Americans. However, Our prime minister has been a member of the Chrisitian and Alliance Church since the early 1990's and most of his inner circle are part of the Christian right.

The dogma of the church has provided the inspiration of much of the Harper agenda. While some parts of this book deal with minor matters, it is a must read for those who wish to find out how the evangelical right is operating in Canada and the huge influence they have in the current federal government.

Until he got his majority, Harper was very quiet about his planned agenda. That changed in 2011. Ted Cruz became prime minister of Canada and we never knew.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Babybutch on July 9 2010
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An excellent look behind the scenes of Conservative and fundamentalist thinking in North America. Their aim is simple: back to creationism, marriage between Church and State, out with abortion and same-sex marriage. Their strategies are darkly complex, though, and Marci McDonald, in a respectful, in-depth but clear analysis makes the issues stand out in full daylight.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Horrido Hobbies on June 28 2010
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My review is too long to fit in this space, but you can read it at my Web Page which is referenced in my profile (just search for "The Armageddon Factor").

Basically, I think it's a very reasonable book and not the malevolent, intolerant diatribe that people like Charles Lewis and David Frum (both of the National Post) paint it as. Let's be certain who are the intolerant authors here...
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bronfman on June 10 2010
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This is a very important book, by a highly respected Canadian journalist. It takes us through the historical perspective to explain the path by which the Christian right came to exert such an influence in Stephen Harper's government, and it demonstrates the links to similar groups in the United States.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the underlying agenda in conservative politics today.
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