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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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Conclusion: Paradise Refused

Conclusion: Paradise Refused

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(p.141) Conclusion: Paradise Refused
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Passing Orders
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S. Jonathon O’Donnell

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823289677.003.0006

The Conclusion recapitulates the ways that orthotaxy both depends on and is deconstructed by its demonized others. Turning to the present, in which a revanchist religious nationalism is seeking to reclaim the territory, time, and truth of America, it unpacks how ideas of orthotaxy seek to ensure supremacy by denying all others the possibility of creating sustainable worlds, condemning them to Hell. Exploring spiritual warfare’s narratives of the demon’s resistance to this end, the Conclusion draws on decolonial and queer theory to posit that spiritual warfare unintentionally casts its demons as symbols of effective resistance: fragile and fractious communities bound by a shared passing and precarity into ad hoc networks of subversion, solidarity, and survival—diverse communities that may demonstrate the radical kinship necessary when confronted with the omnipresent and seemingly-omnipotent force of sovereign power and violence.

Keywords:   decolonial theory, Hell, orthotaxy, queer theory, radical kinship, sovereignty, spiritual warfare

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