Conquering for Jesus: The Politics of Spiritual Warfare (Part 1) via @YouTube @profagagne has produced a 3-part video based on his university lectures (with a transcript) that provides the clearest understanding of how the Christian Right's, actually the
2/ New Apostolic Reformation, a Venn diagram of fundamentalists, evangelicals, pentecosals, & charismatics use the tools of "spiritual warfare" to engage in real-world political warfare. This political warfare is a form of Fourth Generation Warfare for it holds that anyone who
3/ opposes their Christian nationalist view of America is opposed to God and therefore an illegitimate ruler in service to Satan. In Part 3, he shows a video of a march against the largest abortion clinic in NC. In 2 years, 23,000 people showed up. You can imagine these prayer
4/ warriors going back to their churches & communities and then engaging in real-world political warfare to mobilize Christians in NC & all over the US to vote for Trump & the GOP. In Part 3, he also shows Paula White Kane opening a Trump pre-impeachment rally with a 4-minute
5/ prayer explicitly linking spiritual warfare and political warfare. Think about all these networks of NAR pastors and churches. Think about all that data @VickerySec uncovered regarding voters and religion data that probably went to another Cambridge Analytica-like entity.
6/ Think about Pascale's "death star" comment. Had Biden not turned out more voters for him, he loses. If Biden had not expanded Clinton's vote totals substantially, Trump has a second term. We know that in 2016, the strongest predictor of voting for Trump was Christian
7/ Nationalism, followed by racial resentment, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-women views, plus, in my view, a healthy dose of rage against elites (not economic anxiety, but rage). @profagagne gives a great lecture, w/ transcript, to understand the underlying theological/
8/ ideological spiritual/political warfare dimensions to this surge. A really great job simplifying a complex theology/ideology and tying it to politics. I'll say again, if you don't understand the religious dimension of American politics, don't understand the epistemological
9/ basis of Christianity: authoritarianism, conspiracies, cosmic warfare, emotions over reason, and Bible above all sciences/philosophies, then you don't understand American politics. Gagne's many lectures is a place to start. See also books by @julieingersoll @FredClarkson

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22 Nov
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