God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World

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Since the Enlightenment, intellectuals have assumed that modernization would kill religion, and that religious America is an oddity. This title argues that religion and modernity can thrive together, and that the American way of religion is becoming the norm.

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On the street and in the corridors of power, religion is surging worldwide. From Russia to Turkey to India, nations that swore off faith in the last century - or even tried to stamp it out - are now run by avowedly religious leaders. "God is Back" shines a bright light on this huge, hidden world of faith, from televangelism in California to house churches in China. Since the Enlightenment, intellectuals assumed that modernization would kill religion - and that religious America is an oddity. But, as this book argues, America is becoming the norm. Above all, twenty-first century US religion is fuelled by an emphasis on competition and a personal, customer-driven approach to salvation. As market forces reshape the world, the tools of evangelism are now spreading everywhere. The global rise of faith will have a dramatic and far-reaching impact on our century. Its destabilizing effects can already be seen far from Iraq or the World Trade Center, in civil wars from Sri Lank to Sudan.Yet "God is Back" ultimately concludes that the same ideals that created America's unique religious style could also channel the rising tide of global faith away from volatility and violence.

John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge both work for the "Economist". John Micklethwait has overseen the magazine's Los Angeles and New York bureaus and is now its Editor. Adrian Wooldridge has served as west-coast correspondent, social-policy correspondent, and management editor, and is currently Washington D. C. correspondent. Together, they have coauthored four books, including "The Right Nation: Why America is Different", which was described by Alistair Cooke as 'A fascinating, uniquely fair-minded and comprehensive history of how conservatism - in its many expressions - has taken over America' and by Andrew Marr as 'The best book about why America has become so strongly and increasingly conservative'.

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John Micklethwait is the editor of the Economist and Adrian Wooldridge is its Washington bureau chief. They have written four previous books together: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization, The Witchdoctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus and The Right Nation: Why America is Different.

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