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Passing Orders: Demonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare

S. Jonathon O'Donnell


Demonization has increasingly become central to the global religious and political landscape. Passing Orders interrogates this centrality through an analysis of evangelical “spiritual warfare” demonologies in contemporary America, which envision the world as built on a clash of divine and demonic forces in which humanity is enmeshed. Situating spiritual warfare in the context of American exceptionalism, ethnonationalism, and empire-management, it exposes the theological foundations that justify the dehumanizing practices of the current US political order—queer- and transphobia, Islamophobia, a ... More

Keywords: American evangelicalism, biopolitics, contemporary US politics, demonology, Islamic Antichrist, Jezebel spirit, Leviathan, orthotaxy, sovereign power, spiritual warfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823289677
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823289677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Jonathon O'Donnell, author
University College Dublin