“Phony theology” idea didn’t originate with Rick Santorum

By Alan Bean

Rick Santorum didn’t originate the notion that Barack Obama’s environmental views are the product of an unbiblical “phony theology”.  According to Rachel Tachnick, a leading authority on the Religious Right, this idea is a staple within the emerging world of Christian Right “Dominionist” theology.  In this alternative universe (well-funded by big oil firms, the Koch brothers et al), “Biblical Capitalism” is considered holy and opposing views are denounced as demonic.  Sound strange?  Check out Ms. Tabachnick’s post.

I was interested to note that the continuing shift from a Hal Lindsey-style end-times theology to a “preparing the world for the return of Jesus” Dominionist view has created an excellent platform for collaboration between Protestant evangelicals and American Roman Catholics. 

The big roadblock: conservative religious leaders who object to the political appropriation of biblical teaching.

2 thoughts on ““Phony theology” idea didn’t originate with Rick Santorum

  1. His comments were so depressing I initially ignored them, but ended up reading through them all today. It is sad to think that anyone who has actually read the Bible would leave it with the idea that taking care of the planet is not core to their own theology. I just hope for a Santorum-Palin so we can all watch a true circus.

  2. It’s been pointed out to me that Pope Benedict (the current one) has also advocated earth care. Wonder when Rick will accuse him of phony theology? I don’t really wonder when.

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