Good and Evil in the Garden of Democracy (Hardcover)

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Good and Evil in the Garden of Democracy (Hardcover)

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Democracy faces threats from an emerging right-wing movement in democratic governments around the world. This may be even more prevalent in the United States because there is an evil that uses rhetorical tropes to undermine the anchor institutions of democracy: press, courts, universities, and Congress. This evil has a personification--former President Donald Trump. All the rhetorical critiques of Trump, that he is a demagogue, an authoritarian, a serial liar, a populist on steroids, fail to take into account the evil that is fomented by his angry and vengeful rhetoric. Pictures of evil in Scripture, philosophy, and rhetoric bear a striking resemblance to Trump. It is not enough to say that he is dangerous to democracy. Kennedy claims that he is the evil seed in democracy that is even now sprouting new versions of the Trump rhetoric as each acolyte attempts to outrage the next. Good and Evil in the Garden of Democracy screams at the evil, fights against the evil, and then attempts to sing the songs of goodness and democracy from poets, prophets, and rhapsodes. For the health of democracy these words have been written.
Rodney Kennedy is interim pastor of Emmanuel Fiedens Federated Church, Schenectady, New York. He is homiletics instructor at Palmer Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Immaculate Mistake (2021).

Product Details ISBN: 9781666712988
ISBN-10: 1666712981
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: April 13th, 2023
Pages: 242
Language: English