The upcoming conference, Examining the Real Agenda of the Religious Far Right on April 29-30 in New York, is an opportunity to hear as remarkable and impressive a group of experts on the Religious Right as has been assembled anywhere in a long time. (I am honored to be included among them.) I know several of the speakers, and look forward to hearing and meeting the others for the first time.
Most of us get information and analysis about the Christian Right from a rather narrow band of information and perspective. This conference offers an engaging mix of journalists, academics, and independent thinkers who I think will broaden and deepen our knowledge and understanding of the Christian Right.
Examining the Real Agenda of the Religious Far Right
A Two-Day Conference
Friday evening, April 29, 7:30-10pm
Saturday, April 30, 10am-5:30pm
Co-sponsored by the NY Open Center and CUNY Graduate Center Public Programs
From the conference description:
“Until progressives come to understand what [fundamentalists] read, hear, are told and deeply believe, we cannot understand American politics, much less be effective.”
- Joe Bageant
“Most Americans outside the Bible Belt have little idea of the beliefs held by millions of fundamentalist churchgoers. We have an almost total lack of awareness of the rise of Dominionism and Christian Reconstructionism, forms of theology that advocate a biblical vision of God’s kingdom on earth. Some fundamentalists also foresee events such as The Rapture, the Times of Tribulation, Armageddon, and the Second Coming of Christ as we enter The End of Days…
The 2004 election tells us that socially conscious citizens need to awaken to the ambitions of this influential religious movement. What do fundamentalist theologies advocate regarding theocracy, abortion and homosexuality? What is the nature of the world order under God’s law that they anticipate? How do many fundamentalists interpret the role of Israel? How does this affect U.S. policy? Why are so many fundamentalists opposed to environmentalism and the UN? Why are millions in America drawn to this form of belief, and how can we come to understand them?”
Fundamentalism: The Fear and the Rage — Karen Armstrong
The Rise of Dominionism in the U.S. Government — Joan Bokaer
Millennialist and Apocalyptic Influences on Dominionism — Chip Berlet
Learning about the Christian Right, and What in the World to Do? — Frederick Clarkson
The Real Hidden Religious Agenda: The Theocratic States of America — John Sugg
Is an Unholy American Theocracy Here? — Katherine Yurica
On the Psychology and Theocracy of George W. Bush: Reflections in a Culture of Fear — Charles Strozier
Christian Jihad — Skipp Porteous
Jesus Plus Nothing: Elite Fundamentalism, Pragmatic Dominionism — Jeff Sharlet
Religion and Secrecy in the Bush Administration — Hugh Urban
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