“There is no end to the writing of books,” said the author of Ecclesiastes—and he didn’t even know about the coming culture war and its nonstop tide of titles. Conservative broadsides in book form are commonplace; the New York Times bestseller list is hardly ever without a title from Ann Coulter (most recent: “Godless”) or Bill O’Reilly (most recent: “Culture Warrior”). But this year, the culture war’s liberal camp has issued book after book of its own. Below, see our sampling of these titles. (And it is only a sampling—otherwise there’d be no end to the listing of books, either.)

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
Author: Kevin Phillips
Salon.com says: “What he's talking about is not a Christian version of Iran, but a country ruled by an evangelical party whose electoral machinery is integrated into a network of fundamentalist churches.”

The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right’s Plans for the Rest of Us

Author: James Rudin
Publishers Weekly says: “What comes across as a personal distaste for conservative evangelicals derails a much-needed discussion of the consequences of religion-based political advocacy.”

The Hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate
Author: Dan Wakefield
Publishers Weekly says: “Wakefield posits that in crafting a meaningful response to the ‘Christian jihad,’ liberal Christians must similarly procure ‘ammunition, troops and a battle plan, a strategy.’”

Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism Author: Michelle Goldberg
Publishers Weekly says: “… a potent wakeup call to pluralists in the coming showdown with Christian nationalists.”

The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right
Author: Michael Lerner
The Washington Post says: “’The Left Hand of God’” is ambitious, sprawling and sometimes rambling, but it serves the vital purpose of articulating a progressive religious alternative….”

The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted
Author: Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.
Publishers Weekly says: “Thundering like a biblical prophet…Hendricks…proclaims Jesus as a political revolutionary who overturned the unjust social policies of his day.”

Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church: Eyewitness Accounts of How American Churches are Hijacking Jesus, Bagging the Beatitudes, and Worshipping the Almighty Dollar
Author: Becky Garrison
Publishers Weekly says: “No Christian faction, not liberals, mainliners, evangelicals or fundamentalists, escapes the smarty-pants treatment from [Garrison].”

Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right
Author: Mel White
The Dallas Observer says: “[White] investigates the threat of the evil Christian right and its secret conspiracy to stir up the kind of hateful prejudice that gets gays killed.”

The Theocons: Secular America Under Seige
Author: Damon Linker
The New York Times says: “In the end, the theocons are just too eccentric to exercise the sort of influence on America that Linker ascribes to them.”

Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical’s Lament
Author: Randall Balmer
Booklist says: “If he changes no minds, he still offers a welcome alternative to Religious Right railing.”

Why the Christian Right is Wrong: A Minister’s Manifesto for Taking Back Your Flag, Your Faith, Your Future
Author: Robin Meyers
Publishers Weekly says: “For readers who are ‘indignant over the direction of this country’ and feel that the time has come for ‘dignified, but tangible resistance,’ Meyers delivers an unambiguous, palpable blueprint.”

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