Spiritual Warfare and Right-Wing Authoritarianism


  • Giovanni Maltese University of Hamburg




right-wing authoritarianism, Global Christianity, Philippines, Spiritual Warfare, Rodrigo Duterte, Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro


This article focuses on contemporary spiritual warfare discourse and on the apparent affinity to right-wing authoritarianism of Christians related to it. Drawing on material from the Philippines, I investigate the role of scholarship in fostering said affinity by reading Christians, who seem to be connected to the spiritual warfare discourse, through the lens of prominent U.S.-American dominionists. I argue that the approach of global religious history helps to critique the Anglo-Eurocentric and elitist biases underlying current research about Christianity in the majority world.


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How to Cite

Maltese, G. (2022). Spiritual Warfare and Right-Wing Authoritarianism. Implicit Religion, 24(1), 1–33. https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.21739