For anybody who wants to understand the growing public role of American religion, this is a book to reckon with.
—The New York Times Book Review
Important in assessing a fanaticism on the intellectual right.
An engaging and invaluably informative account of the roots of theoconservatism.
THE THEOCONS is a beautifully researched book on a vitally important yet underappreciated development in our governance and intellectual life.
—Steven Pinker, Harvard University
The fact that a former editor of the religious right journal FIRST THINGS has taken pen in hand to detail the movement's attempts to fashion what he sees as a theocratic governing philosophy for the United States gives THE THEOCONS a particular urgency. As Damon Linker further argues, too much of this has been ignored by the mainstream media.
—Kevin Phillips, author of
THE THEOCONS is invaluable as firsthand research, alarming in its implications for the future of American freedom, and devastating as a critique of the theocratic ambitions of those who now control the Republican Party.
One of the most necessary and admirable polemics I have ever read. Linker handles ideas, and their collision with politics, with uncommon skill.
—Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic
THE THEOCONS constitutes a major step toward reclaiming the liberal heritage that has made America great.
—Alan Wolfe, author of
The Future of Liberalism
This is a surprising and important book. With the rise of the religious right and its newfound influence in Washington, most attention has focused on evangelical and fundamentalist Protestants. But, as Damon Linker shows, the influential intellectual strategy for reshaping American society along theological lines has been mainly developed by Catholic conservatives. Sharply but with care, Linker lays bare the development of this strategy and the challenge it poses to a liberal understanding of our constitutional and social order. THE THEOCONS is required reading for anyone interested in the American political scene today.
—Mark Lilla, author of The Stillborn God
What a story Damon Linker has to tell in THE THEOCONS. His insights into the attack on America's secular politics come from a former insider and they are scary.
—Isaac Kramnick, Cornell University
Linker's literate, reasonable chronicle and assessment of the theocons . . . is one of the most enlightening critiques of the Religious Right to date.
—Ray Olson, Booklist
A former editor of the principal ‘theocon’ journal First Things, now an apostate, warns that the religious zealotry of his one-time colleagues is a danger to American democracy. [Linker] takes us through the theocons’s involvement in (and reaction to) some current social issues and events -- the Terri Schiavo case, stem-cell research, the Darwin debate, gay marriage and their central concern: abortion. [T]he theocons . . . envision a sort of fantasy ‘50s world in which men are in charge, women stay at home, gays go to therapy, everyone attends church on Sunday and Christian principles pervade the marketplace and the corridors of power.
arresting and honest writers of his generation
on the subjects of faith and politics.