In the News: How to talk about what we need to talk about?

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In the News: TLC, THC, OMG

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In the News: TLC, THC, OMG!

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In the News: Biomemes, Voodoo, Elie Wiesel and more!

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The Past upon Its Throne

by Scott Korb

A look at Jill Lepore’s The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History

In her recent book, The Whites of Their Eyes, Harvard historian and regular New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore takes a close look at the Tea Party and calls it fundamentalist. The Whites of Their Eyes is a book almost entirely set in greater Boston: at Tea Party gatherings in Green Dragon Tavern, where in 1765 the Sons of Liberty themselves began gathering; at the Old South Meeting House, at re-stagings, by children, of the debates that led to the Boston Tea Party; on the field where the Battle of Lexington and Concord was fought, where on the morning of the annual reenactment Lepore’s family (and “some other sleepy-headed colonials”) wage their own little “battle on the green.”  (One thing to note about the book is how often the facts of Lepore’s own Cambridge life enter the story—in this case, the family’s annual failure to get out of bed early enough to make it to the actual reenactment; they’re there in time for the parade that follows.)

Tea Party fundamentalism—or what Lepore calls “historical fundamentalism”—is of a different kind than the religious fundamentalism The Revealer typically notes, though the two are not mutually exclusive, nor are either particularly wholesome. Continue Reading →

Not Your Mama's Fundamentalism

Chris Armstrong recently posted at his blog, Grateful to the Dead, a brief history of fundamentalism in America.  The entry was originally written for the Encyclopedia of Religion in America which came out last month.  Here’s an excerpt from his post introduction:

The basic argument of what follows is this: Fundamentalism in America changed after the 1970s–perhaps so much that the word “fundamentalism” is no longer appropriate for what it became. In that decade, the movement began a tectonic shift from protecting theological truths in infra-denominational fights to guarding “Christian morality” in a nation specially chosen by God.

To be sure, “correct” views of the person of Christ and his atoning work, along with vividly detailed end-time scenarios, have continued to occupy an important place in the movement, but these things are not what the “new fundamentalists” are most centrally about. No, they have seen America locked in a battle with a secularizing juggernaut, and they have rushed to take up the “arms” of pragmatic political measures and boundary-breaking religious alliances in order to gain the upper hand.

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Not Your Mama’s Fundamentalism

Chris Armstrong recently posted at his blog, Grateful to the Dead, a brief history of fundamentalism in America.  The entry was originally written for the Encyclopedia of Religion in America which came out last month.  Here’s an excerpt from his post introduction:

The basic argument of what follows is this: Fundamentalism in America changed after the 1970s–perhaps so much that the word “fundamentalism” is no longer appropriate for what it became. In that decade, the movement began a tectonic shift from protecting theological truths in infra-denominational fights to guarding “Christian morality” in a nation specially chosen by God.

To be sure, “correct” views of the person of Christ and his atoning work, along with vividly detailed end-time scenarios, have continued to occupy an important place in the movement, but these things are not what the “new fundamentalists” are most centrally about. No, they have seen America locked in a battle with a secularizing juggernaut, and they have rushed to take up the “arms” of pragmatic political measures and boundary-breaking religious alliances in order to gain the upper hand.

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Panel May 27: The Future of Fundamentalism in an Obama Era

As part of this year’s Book Expo America at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, a panel will feature of The Revealer friends and family.

The Future of Fundamentalism in an Obama Era
Thursday, May 27, 2010
2:00PM – 3:00PM

Location: Room 1E17
Why does American Fundamentalism continue to dominate the political landscape even though the power base has shifted in Washington DC to the Democratic party? How has the election of President Barack Obama informed the rise of a progressive movement and the subsequent Republican backlash? Are events such as the C Street Scandals, the passage of Stupak-Pitts Amendment, and teabagger rallies isolated events or part of a larger picture? What factors contribute to the appeal of movements united around a common ideology albeit “religious right” and “progressive?” Continue Reading →