By Rebecca Barrett-Fox
God Hates strains WBC’s theological ideals to a model of hyper-Calvinist idea attaining again to the Puritans—an severe Calvinism, emphasizing predestination, that has confirmed as off-putting as Westboro’s activities, even for different Baptists. And but, in reading Westboro’s function in conservative politics and its contentious courting with different fundamentalist activist teams, Barrett-Fox finds how the church’s message of nationwide doom in truth displays ideals on the middle of a lot of the non secular Right’s rhetoric. Westboro’s aggressively offensive public actions truly serve to melt the anti-gay theology of extra mainstream conservative spiritual activism. With a watch to the church’s protest at army funerals, she additionally considers why the general public has spoke back so another way to those than to Westboro's anti-LGBT picketing.
With its heritage of Westboro Baptist Church and its founder, and its profiles of defectors, this publication bargains a posh, close-up view of a phenomenon at the fringes of yank Christianity—and a broader, annoying view of the mainstream theology it immediately mask and reflects.
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