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Warriors for Christ: Is Promise Keepers Making a Comeback?

Promise Keepers has repackaged its muscular Christianity and evangelical nationalism for a post-9/11 world.

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Yet Christian Zionism, in many of its forms, carries not only significant theological implications but political ones as well, and that is worthy of attention; especially at a time when the prophecy clocks tick louder and louder to those with ears to hear. One indication of the apocalyptic energies in the PK event was the militant language of spiritual warfare that characterized the promotional blitz leading up to the PK 2.0 launch. Much of Christian Zionism, including McCartney’s Road to Jerusalem, reflects the preoccupations of many politically conservative evangelicals in the post-9/11 period; in particular, the hope that a new Judeo-Christian alliance might be the bulwark that saves the West against the threat of “radical Islam.” To my surprise, there was much less of that talk at the rally itself. It was there in the subtext, of course, but rarely did it explicitly appear. Was it the absent presence?

The rollout of PK 2.0 might have been Coach Mac’s failed Hail Mary play, but I have a feeling there’re other teams waiting in the wings to take the field to play God.

J. Terry Todd is Associate Professor of American Religious Studies at Drew University and director of Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict. The author of several articles on religion in 20th-century America, Terry is especially interested in religious conflicts over family life and sexuality, and how Christian ideas and practices shape US politics and mass media.