Sunday, October 26, 2008

Spiritual Warfare: sounds like a sci-fi plot

Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish links to a recent NYTimes article about Sarah Palin's scary spiritual beliefs,
Critics say the goal of the spiritual warfare movement is to create a theocracy. Bruce Wilson, a researcher for Talk2Action, a Web site that tracks religious groups, said: “One of the imperatives of the movement is to achieve worldly power, including political control. Then you can more effectively drive out the demons. The ultimate goal is to purify the earth.”


Ms. Palin has had long associations with religious leaders who practice a particularly assertive and urgent brand of Pentecostalism known as “spiritual warfare.” Its adherents believe that demonic forces can colonize specific geographic areas and individuals, and that “spiritual warriors” must “battle” them to assert God’s control, using prayer and evangelism. The movement’s fixation on demons, its aggressiveness and its leaders’ claims to exalted spiritual authority have troubled even some Pentecostal Christians...
Mr. Sullivan makes the point that after all the Reverend Wright shenanigans over the summer, it's mind-boggling that the press is barely picking up on this and analyzing what it means to have a potential Vice-President with her finger near the button, who believes in needing to 'purify the earth'. Let's get Christopher Walken to shake her hand and find out what the future holds for her!

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