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Religion of Fear: The Politics of Horror in Conservative Evangelicalism

Jason C Bivins


This book investigates American political religions by studying how conservative evangelical political orientations are shaped and spread by pop cultural narratives of fear and horror. This book takes an interdisciplinary approach to what it calls the “religion of fear”, a form of religious social criticism produced and sustained in evangelical engagements with pop culture. The book's cases include Jack Chick's cartoon tracts, anti‐metal and anti‐rap preaching, the Halloween dramas known as Hell Houses, and Left Behind novels. By situating them in their sociopolitical contexts and drawing out ... More

Keywords: religion, politics, fear, popular culture, Christian Right, social criticism, Tim LaHaye, Hell House, rock music, Jack Chick

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195340815
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason C Bivins, author
North Carolina State University
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