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"Religious passion escaped Protestantism and set politics on fire"


MAJOR INTERVIEW - Professor at the University of South Dakota, Joseph Bottum is an essayist and specialist in religious phenomena in politics. He sheds a striking light on the US elections, which he fears will escalate into civil war if Trump is re-elected.

In his book

An Anxious Rage, the Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America

, written six years ago, he explains that one cannot understand the ideological fury that has gripped America if one does not he is not interested in the centrality of religion and the collapse of Protestantism, "that Mississippi" which has watered and shaped American culture and its customs for so long.

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Bottum describes the mark left by Protestantism through the emergence of what he calls "post-Protestants", those new Godless Puritans who practice the religion of "woke" culture and social justice, and reject the American project in its entirety.

He sees at work an enterprise of "destruction of modernity" on which the United States is founded.


- In your book

An Anxious Age,

you come back to the fundamental importance of Protestantism for understanding the United States and you explain that its collapse was the central, but underestimated, sociological fact.

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Source: lefigaro

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