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September 10, 2009
"As far as I can tell, Christianity in the UK is moving slowly in small steps towards rationality and away from the excesses of fundamentalism that we harp about. Rationalists should recognize this, helping people to make the small changes they are willing to take rather than making them change all their beliefs at once and thus giving them an impossible hurdle to jump over."
New in the Bookstore: The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (2009) by Jeff Sharlet.
They consider themselves the new chosen—congressmen, generals, and foreign dictators—who meet in confidential cells to pray and plan for a "leadership led by God," to be won not by force but through "quiet diplomacy." Their goal is "Jesus plus nothing." Their base is a leafy estate overlooking the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia, and Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have written from inside its walls.