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Welcome to Doomsday [Paperback]

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Pages   56
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2006
Publisher   New York Review Books
ISBN  1590172094  
EAN  9781590172094  

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The influence of the evangelical Christian right on the Bush administration has had a mostly unnoticed impact on America's environmental policy. While some take God's granting of dominion over the earth to man as a call to good stewardship of our planet, many evangelicals distrust science and disdain environmental protections. They live in anticipation of one event: the Rapture, when Christ will return to cleanse the earth while the true believers are transported to heaven. For those who believe that the Rapture and the destruction of the world are imminent, there is no need to be concerned about saving the planet from environmental catastrophe.

Welcome to Doomsday is an investigation into the coupling of ideology and theology, in particular the intrusion of religion into political life, in America today. Global climate change is a rapid, possibly irreversible occurrence, yet the stance taken by the White House in both international and domestic arenas is one of both ignorance and disbelief. Appeasing the influential agendas of corporations, as well as the uncompromising dominant beliefs of evangelical groups, the Bush administration has firmly established a disastrous record of ignoring the urgency of potentially devastating changing climate.

Welcome to Doomsday is a passionate call to save the planet from the forces not only of greed and exploitation but from those who associate its destruction with a spiritual apocalypse. Written by the compelling and articulate Bill Moyers, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the current dismal state of environmental policy as well as in the growing power of the evangelical movement in the United States.
"Doomsday refers to "a time of catastrophic destruction and death," and clearly, ours qualifies. War rages, terrorists kill, natural disasters escalate, and people suffer on all fronts. Overarching these horrors are the dire threats of global warming, a slow-motion catastrophe our leaders refuse to acknowledge or attempt to combat. This brings us to the second definition of doomsday, as a day of final reckoning, for Christians the End Times leading up to the Second Coming. This is where journalist Moyers enters the picture. Himself a graduate of a Texas Baptist seminary, Moyers succinctly and decisively links the Bush administration's obdurate disregard for science and environmental realities to the corrosive influence of the Christian Right. Since Christian Fundamentalists see the Iraq War and attacks on Israel as necessary precursors to the Rapture, why should true believers worry about the biosphere? God will take care of his own until Christ returns and the saved are lifted up from this polluted, extinction-plagued, and warming world. Moyers' concise yet meticulous critique of this dangerous viewpoint is clear and necessary. -Donna Seaman
YA: Moyers notes that religious materials given to teens tend to dismiss biological realities; this provides invaluable checks and balances. DS." –Booklist

“The truth is, the [Alaska National Wildlife Refuge] vote is merely a small part of a larger…neoconservative attitude that has a…fundamentalist belief in the End Times, in the Apocalypse. Don't believe it? Have yourself a nice read of famed journalist Bill Moyer's delicate, excellent essay "Welcome to Doomsday" via the New York Review of Books, which brings in all the numbers and data into a beautifully articulate essay on the state of the American religious landscape..–The San Francisco Chronicle

Praise for Moyers:

“Bill Moyers speaks for, and to, the conscience of our nation.”—Walter Cronkite

“Bill Moyers believes with his very heart-bone in the interchange of ideas, in individuals speaking out. . . . And he is, in a very real sense, a man of faith: of faith in America.”—James Dickey, The New York Times

"Not only a good reporter... a first-rate storyteller."–The Boston Globe

"Bill Moyers is doing what Madison and Jefferson desperately hoped the press would do –provide information ... so that the people would be informed enough to enable constitutional democracy to survive."–Nat Hentoff
BILL MOYERS is the former host of NOW with Bill Moyers on PBS. He was one of the organizers of the Peace Corps, spokesperson for President Lyndon Johnson, publisher of Newsday, senior correspondent for CBS News, and producer of many of public television's groundbreaking series. He is the winner of more than thirty Emmy Awards, and the author of the bestselling books Listening to America, A World of Ideas, and Healing and the Mind. He lives in New York.

BILL MCKIBBEN is a former staff writer for The New Yorker. His books include Hundred Dollar Holiday, Maybe One, The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information and Hope, Human and Wild. McKibben is a frequent contributor to a wide variety of publications, including The New York Review of Books, Outside, and The New York Times. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

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Bill McKibben writes regularly for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Natural History, The New Republic, and many other publications. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 after being excerpted in The New Yorker and was a national bestseller. His other books include The Age of Missing Information, Maybe One, and Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously. He lives with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and daughter in Vermont.

Bill McKibben currently resides in Adirondack Mountains, in the state of New York. Bill McKibben has an academic affiliation as follows - Middlebury College.

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A little skimpy for a "book"  Jan 14, 2008
I ordered this "book" for my stepfather for Christmas as I know he is a Bill Moyers fan. When it arrived in a shipment with other items, I thought it was some sort of free booklet in the bottom of the box. I contemplated returning it as I didn't know if it was even worth giving as a gift. In the end, I kept it and my stepfather ended up liking it. Next time I order a book, I suppose I'll pay more attention to the page no. & size specifications.
This should be required reading!  Jun 14, 2007
Because Bush & Co have, without a doubt, diabolically turned our country upside-down, Bill Moyers book, "Welcome To Doomsday" should be required reading! Mr. Moyers, truly a national treasure, is also most certainly one of our most prolific 'thinkers' and writers. This book spares the reader empty rhetoric and redundancy but nevertheless is powerfully profound and informational -- please treat yourself, you won't regret it!

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