The Armageddon Factor

The Armageddon Factor

The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada

Book - 2010
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In her new book, award-winning journalist Marci McDonald draws back the curtain on the mysterious world of the right-wing Christian nationalist movement in Canada and its many ties to the Conservative government of Stephen Harper.
To most Canadians, the politics of the United States -- where fundamentalist Christians wield tremendous power and culture wars split the country -- seem too foreign to ever happen here. But The Armageddon Factor shows that the Canadian Christian right -- infuriated by the legalization of same-sex marriage and the increasing secularization of society -- has been steadily and stealthily building organizations, alliances and contacts that have put them close to the levers of power and put the government of Canada in their debt.
Determined to outlaw homosexuality and abortion, and to restore Canada to what they see as its divinely determined destiny to be a nation ruled by Christian laws and precepts, this group of true believers has moved the country far closer to the American mix of politics and religion than most Canadians would ever believe.
McDonald's book explores how a web of evangelical far-right Christians have built think-tanks and foundations that play a prominent role in determining policy for the Conservative government of Canada. She shows how Biblical belief has allowed Christians to put dozens of MPs in office and to build a power base across the country, across cultures and even across religions.
"What drives that growing Christian nationalist movement is its adherents' conviction that the end times foretold in the book of Revelation are at hand," writes McDonald. "Braced for an impending apocalypse, they feel impelled to ensure that Canada assumes a unique, scripturally ordained role in the final days before the Second Coming -- and little else."
The Armageddon Factor shows how the religious right's influence on the Harper government has led to hugely important but little-known changes in everything from foreign policy and the makeup of the courts to funding for scientific research and social welfare programs like daycare. And the book also shows that the religious influence is here to stay, regardless of which party ends up in government.
For those who thought the religious right in Canada was confined to rural areas and the west, this book is an eye-opener, outlining to what extent the corridors of power in Ottawa are now populated by true believers. For anyone who assumed that the American religious right stopped at the border, The Armageddon Factor explains how US money and evangelists have infiltrated Canadian politics.
This book should be essential reading for Canadians of every religious belief or political stripe. Indeed, The Armageddon Factor should persuade every Canadian that, with the growth of such a movement, the future direction of the country is at stake.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada Ltd., 2010.
ISBN: 9780307356468
Branch Call Number: 322.10971 M135
Characteristics: 419 p.


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Jan 10, 2018

A solid companion to Chris Hedges' _American Fascist_. Harper is gone from the PMO, but there are still Canadian who seek to continue along his path. So this is a needed prophylactic read-through.

Sep 20, 2015

The Canadian Manifesto : How the American Neoconservatives Stole my Country

May 22, 2015

This is the eye opening book and must to read to save Canadian Democracy !!! This year's Election result will decide Canada's Future. If you care about your future whether you are young or old, please read this book. This will answer almost all your questions. It is still not too late to save us.

Sep 29, 2014

Ought to be required reading for every Canadian voter. Know who and what for.

SCLOWATER Jan 15, 2013

Amazing book! Should be required reading for every voter! I had to go out & buy it after borrowing it from the library because I knew I was going to want to have it for reference material many times in the future.

Mar 01, 2012

Was impressed enough by the book to go hear the author speak in the heart of BC's Bible Belt.

After listening to the abuse and ridicule SOME of the audience gave her, and the grace and humilty the author responded with, I'd recommend this book to anyone who worries that the US experience of right wing religion hijacking politics is coming to Canada .

It's already here!

Dec 23, 2011

We are being led down the path of entrenching religion into the fabric of our government, by stealth! And it is a rather radical Right-Winged view of religion at that, that certainly has raised my concerns.

I recommend it as essential reading for anyone concerned about Canada's future, and especially prior to voting.

Jun 01, 2011

Marci McDonald's book on S. Harper and his roots in Christian fundamentalism should be required reading in schools. It is Harper's roots in Christian fundamentalism that explains his approach to both domestic and foreign policy. As Marci explains, the separation between church and state is under attack in Canada under Harper as it was under Bush in the USA. Excellent book along with 'Harperland' makes sense out of seemingly disparate policies.

Mar 22, 2011

Describes at last why Liberals and their advertising agency, the CBC, hate (and fear—though needlessly so) the Conservatives.

debwalker Dec 12, 2010

Heather Mallick: "Prime Minister Stephen Harper has managed to conceal from the Canadian public his Christian fundamentalist roots. Thanks for not mentioning it, obedient Ottawa bureaus! McDonald has done beautiful work here. If Harper wins his majority, a lot of insufficiently religious Canadians will be facing End Times. After all, as breezily violent Harper mentor Tom Flanagan puts it, he knows where we live."

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