God Rules America

God Rules America

Matthias Rüb

There is no other society in the western world in which religion looms as large as in America. According to surveys, almost sixty percent of Americans consider it a prerequisite of a future president that he be a devout Christian and a staunch believer in God. On top of this, churches and religious sects form a major part of the global business economy. Matthias Rüb, long-standing USA correspondent for the prestigious German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, maps out how religion dominates the American landscape: from Christian churches to Judaism and Islam, from ancient Buddhism and Hinduism and the last relics of Native American beliefs to more recent phenomena such as Scientology. He gives particular emphasis to the evangelical megachurches with their charismatic preachers, which enjoy ever-increasing popularity and are frequently the breeding ground for religious fundamentalist movements. Rüb demonstrates clearly and conclusively that if you don't understand the role of religion in the US, you cannot begin to get to grips with the sole remaining superpower and its position on the global political stage. It is only because of their conviction that they are the chosen people – with God on their side – that Americans feel compelled to spread their beliefs across the globe with missionary zeal, thereby playing such a decisive role in world politics for the last 20 years.

"America is the only country ever founded on a creed." G. K. Chesterton

God Rules America

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