Another brief intermission break to point you to an excellent interview about an outstanding new book: Daniel Silliman's interview with Matthew Sutton, over at Religion Dispatches, about his brand new book, just now coming out with Harvard University Press, American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism. Check it out. It's worth it for the book cover alone. There will be more extensive discussion of the work here in the future, but just as a preview, a brief excerpt from the interview:
My argument in a nutshell is that the apocalyptic theology that developed in the 1880s and 1890s led radical evangelicals to the conclusion that all nations are going to concede their power in the End Times to a totalitarian political leader who is going to be the Antichrist. If you believe you’re living in the last days and you believe you’re moving towards that event, you’re going to be very suspicious and skeptical of anything that seems to undermine individual rights and individual liberties, and anything that is going to give more power to the state.
Check out the interview, and just read the book.