Friday, May 14, 2010

Armageddon it

Professor John Stackhouse comments on Marci McDonald's book The Armageddon Factor:

McVety + Krystow doth not a Religious Right make, and it’s simply ridiculous to compare them with genuine heavy hitters like Falwell and Robertson were even at the start of their respective campaigns, let alone what they became later.
That's the sense I get from the book. I admit it, I didn't read it! I want to. Just don't have time right now, and I don't really want to pay for it. I might check to see if the library will be getting it.


Just wanted to add this bit from Brian Lilley about Marci McDonald's book:

Instead she spends an inordinate amount of time detailing the lives and work of two people in particular, Charles McVety of Canada Christian College and Faytene Kryskow of 4MyCanada, an evangelical youth group aimed at getting young Christians active in public life. To McDonald, these two are the face and muscle behind a growing and scary network in Ottawa aimed at turning Canada into a Christian country governed by theocracy. Whatever influence these Christian Crusaders have, if any, is vastly overstated throughout the book.

I'm sure that Charles McVety and Faytene Kryskow are influential.

But their "clientele" is really small.

I know of no one who subscribes to the End Times theology that Marci McDonald describes in their book.

My religious right is populated mostly with Catholics. I'd say the biggest player in the Religious Right as this time is Lifesite News. At any rate, it's pretty huge in my universe. I don't hear anything about them. To me, they're far more responsible for the galvanization of the Religious Right than Faytene Kryskow (notwithstanding her excellent work.)

I also think that in the age of the Internet, American websites do just as much as Canadian websites to galvanize Canadians into caring about the issues. I'm more in tune with Fr. Frank Pavone than Charles McVety.

So far what I've read of her book just does not ring true with me.