Blinded by Ambition? by James Hitchcock

Blinded by Ambition?

Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America?
by Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson
Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1999.
(256 pages; $19.99, cloth)

by James Hitchcock

In the l970s many American Christians began a love affair with conservative politics, an affair that is now ending in disillusionment and even bitterness, leading to renewed calls to retreat within the fortress of the Church and the family and to eschew the wicked world. Unfortunately, some of these disappointed lovers are like the man in the Gospel who had his devil cast out—their last state is worse than their first; it would have been better had they never been reborn as political activists.

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James Hitchcock is Professor emeritus of History at St. Louis University in St. Louis. He and his late wife Helen have four daughters. His most recent book is the two-volume work, The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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