The Phinehas Priesthood: Violent Vanguard of the Christian Identity Movement

The Phinehas Priesthood: Violent Vanguard of the Christian Identity Movement

The Phinehas Priesthood: Violent Vanguard of the Christian Identity Movement

The Phinehas Priesthood: Violent Vanguard of the Christian Identity Movement

Synopsis

This book is centered on the words of leaderless resistors, men labeled as Phinehas Priests or Army of God Warriors who use force to oppose what they consider unrighteous government or ungodly laws.

• Quoted material from letters between the author and men who have practiced Leaderless Resistance or Lone Wolf Strategy to oppose the government and/or abortion

• Maps and figures, including a conceptual diagram of the Phinehas Priesthood

• The doctrinal statements of Christian Identity churches

• A matrix of biographical information on individuals convicted of crimes connected with the Phinehas Priesthood

Excerpt

Religious extremists, some of whom have committed themselves to acts of violence and murder, can be found throughout the world. The public and media have focused primarily on Muslim extremists, a natural response to the relentless attacks by al Qaida, its affiliates, and motivated lone wolves, and by insurgent groups like the Taliban. Countries like Northern Ireland, India, Iran, and Turkey have all struggled in recent decades with various manifestations of religiously-oriented extremist groups. Of course, the United States has also dealt with its share of these groups as well.

This book offers a new, comprehensive, and timely look at a unique dimension of the religious extremism milieu. Danny Davis directs a spotlight onto a relatively unknown and mysterious form of extremism, a small but highly motivated collection of individuals whose center of gravity is a specific interpretation of sacred texts and religious history. These “true believers” of the Phinehas Priesthood share several tendencies with other religious extremists, such as their absolutist “with us or against us” mindset and their willingness to abandon the comforts of ordinary life in return for perceived salvation. Also, like many other religious extremists, theirs is a theologically supremacist world; they are convinced that they have been chosen by God and given privileged access to a critical type of truth. Because of this elevated status, they believe the violent acts they perpetrate are sanctioned by a higher power, allowing them to disregard the laws of man and society.

Some religious extremists focus exclusively on secular governments and political behavior, while others also target individuals of other religions and faiths. As adherents to a particular part of the Christian Identity theology, members of the Phinehas Priesthood fall squarely in this latter category. In a . . .

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