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Passing OrdersDemonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare$
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S. Jonathon O'Donnell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823289677

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823289677.001.0001

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Nations unto Light: Spiritual Warfare as Orthotaxic Religiosity

Nations unto Light: Spiritual Warfare as Orthotaxic Religiosity

(p.23) 1 Nations unto Light: Spiritual Warfare as Orthotaxic Religiosity
Passing Orders

S. Jonathon O’Donnell

Fordham University Press

This chapter is a detailed introduction both to “spiritual warfare” discourses in contemporary America and to the concept of “orthotaxy.” It unpacks how spiritual warriors construct a vision of order through a temporalizing and territorializing imaginary based on conflicting hegemonic ideologies that are figured as either divine (legitimate) or demonic (illegitimate). Drawing on critical race and settler colonial theory, the chapter focuses on spiritual warfare’s concept of the demonic “territorial spirit” or arche, which is understood as ruling over geographical spaces and conditioning the (illegitimate) ideologies dominant within them. Drawing on Derrida’s theorization of the archive and his notion of “heliopolitics” and Spivak’s concept of “worlding,” the chapter unpacks how spiritual warfare’s demonologies operate as attempts to establish mastery over both space (land, bodies) and time (history, the archive) through interwoven claims to territorial and moral integrity, incontestable sovereign right, and historical inevitability

Keywords:   American empire, demonology, heliopolitics, orthotaxy, settler colonialism, spiritual warfare, temporality, territorial spirit, worlding

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