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  1. The author
  2. Summary
    1. The Born again doctrine
    2. How George W. Bush managed to seduce Evangelicals
    3. The most basic belief that Evangelical or Fundamental Christians hold
    4. The Jewish American community in the United States
    5. The very public religiosity of America's ruling elite
  3. What Barbara Victor brings to the debate?
    1. The turn of the twenty first century: The Evangelical community
    2. Money for bring Jews currently living in Russia to Israel
  4. What I think of the book
    1. American politicians quoting Jesus or God
    2. When politics and religion are mixed
  5. Conclusion

Barbara Victor is a journalist and a frequent lecturer on women's issues and the Middle East. She worked for CBS television for fifteen years, where she covered the Middle East. Her books include Terrorism, an account of the Lebanon war from 1975 to 1982, A voice of reason: Hasnan Ashrawi and Peace in the Middle East, a biography of Hanan Ashrawi, which was nominated for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize, Getting away with murder, a study of domestic violence in the United States and also Le Matignon de Jospin, an inside look at the workings of the French government. In her book, she tries to define Evangelical Christians, explaining how different they are from the mainstream Protestant or Catholic population of the United States, how absolute they are in their beliefs and how determined they are to implement those beliefs throughout the United States and the world.

[...] The proofs of its power are for instance its sheer numbers and financial privileges. Not all Americans believe in God but the fact is that many political leaders claim to have been touched by ?divine intervention? or offer their faith in the Bible and their belief in the Lord to guide them. The main influent leaders of Christian Right are the Reverend Billy Graham, his son Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Ed McAtteer, died in 2004 (the two latest were the founders of the Moral Majority). [...]

[...] Barbara Victor explains that this sentence resonated with millions of American Evangelicals, who have long tended to understand politics in terms of Good and Evil. During the 1950s, Evangelicals considered the Cold War as a struggle between Good and Evil, between God-fearing Americans and godless Communists. George W. Bush called Iraq, North Korea and Iran an ?axis of Evil?. In fact, the events of 2001 not only changed the mentality of the American people but also resulted in a fracture between those who believe that the struggle between Good and Evil is a last crusade to uphold the moral and religious values of Christianity, and those who maintain that God and religion have no place in domestic and foreign policy. [...]

[...] Victor shows that today, the United States as the sole remaining superpower is faced with a difficult moral dilemma and in the United States, as in the entire world, from the moment religion becomes a factor in any conflict, automatically religion becomes an impediment to any reliable or durable solution. What I think of the book I did not know the links between Jews and Evangelicals and I found very interesting to learn the origins of this alliance. In fact, the literal interpretation of Scripture made by Evangelicals surprised me. [...]

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