I wonder if anyone’s read Joe Bageant’s book Deer Hunting With Jesus, particularly the chapter called “The Covert Kingdom”?
Living in the south, I found it to reflect quite accurately the inner workings of the mind of the believer, particularly those of the “working class” who live paycheck to paycheck and seem to vote in ways that are so counter to their benefit.
Reviews at Amazon are divided into those who think it’s a diatribe against the “liberal elite,” or a criticism of “dumb rednecks” and those who simply feel it’s an honest attempt at trying to understand a group of people who look at the world from their windows and see a world “going to hell” and naturally welcome the end-times apocalypse.
Mr. Bageant compliments Sam Harris’ writings in a way that gives another dimension of understanding some of the workings of the bible-belt mind, and a window into what makes it tick.
I found it to be a profoundly enjoyable read, although be ready to change your mind regarding some things “redneck,” and I hope you’d enjoy him as a loving, caring person with concern for “his people” and family that I see in so many of the posts here on this site.