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UNC Press - Guaranteed Pure
"American evangelicalism has long walked hand in hand with modern consumer capitalism. Timothy Gloege shows us why, through an engaging story about God and big business at the Moody Bible Institute. Founded in Chicago by shoe-salesman-turned-revivalist Dwight Lyman Moody in 1889, the institute became a center of fundamentalism under the guidance of the innovative promoter and president of Quaker Oats, Henry Crowell. Gloege explores the framework for understanding humanity shared by these business and evangelical leaders, whose perspectives clearly differed from those underlying modern scientific theories. At the core of their "corporate evangelical" framework was a modern individualism understood primarily in terms of economic relations. Conservative evangelicalism and modern business grew symbiotically, transforming the ways that Americans worshipped, worked, and consumed. Gilded Age evangelicals initially understood themselves primarily as new "Christian workers"--employees of God guided by their divine contract, the Bible. But when these ideas were put to revolutionary ends by Populists, corporate evangelicals reimagined themselves as savvy religious consumers and reformulated their beliefs. Their consumer-oriented "orthodoxy" displaced traditional creeds and undermined denominational authority, forever altering the American religious landscape. Guaranteed pure of both liberal theology and Populist excesses, this was a new form of old-time religion not simply compatible with modern consumer capitalism but uniquely dependent on it."
book  publisher  history  religion  american  american-studies  fundamentalism  evangelical  business  prosperity 
august 2016 by tsuomela
Benedict Option | The American Conservative
Rod Dreher's posts on the "Benedict Option" - people of Christian faith withdrawing from America because the culture war is lost, the social justice warriors won.
culture-war  conservatism  conservative  american-studies  religion  evangelical 
april 2015 by tsuomela
T. M. Luhrmann’s Experience with Evangelical Christians : The New Yorker
"T. M. Luhrmann tries to explain in her new book, “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God” (Knopf). "
book  review  religion  evangelical  experience  phenomenology  anthropology  science 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Setting the world on fire for Jesus
"So why did everyone assume that this man was an evangelical Christian?
Because he’s anti-gay.
More specifically, because he’s disproportionately concerned with being anti-gay and he’s choosing to express that concern in a goofy, obnoxious and destructive way.
And in the present age, in 2012 in America, all of that marked this man as an evangelical Christian just as surely as if he were wearing a Jesus-fish necklace and a Newsboys T-shirt."
religion  evangelical  image  belief  homosexuality  from delicious
august 2012 by tsuomela
Wheaton College, C.S. Lewis
"When someone defensively prefers the nightmare to the evidence, then we know — we know — that he enjoys the nightmare. We know that it serves some emotional or political need for him — a need so great that reality itself cannot stop him from trying to meet it." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/07/23/wheaton-college-c-s-lewis-bad-jackie-on-preferring-the-nightmare-to-reality/
evangelical  religion  critique  belief  evil  other  evidence  rationality  fear  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
‘Suburban’ is not the same as ‘theologically conservative’
The suburbanization of American Christianity has had a huge impact on institutional and denominational structures. Automobile-shaped development has produced an automobile-shaped ecclesiology. The car has abolished the possibility of the parish. And that, in turn, has helped to redefine “neighbor” as a matter of preference more than of proximity — as optional rather than obligatory. That redefinition is rather significant, since “Who is my neighbor?” is kind of an important question for Christians. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/07/17/suburban-is-not-the-same-as-theologically-conservative/
religion  geography  suburbia  automobile  transportation  design  architecture  belief  evangelical  conservative  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
Why the Right Really Hates Obama -- In These Times
"Liberals often say that the Right’s hatred of Obama is about his race. Conservatives say it’s about his socialist agenda. But there’s something more going on, and it’s captured in the way that the Right has often mocked Obama as “the chosen one,” the Messiah. Dig a little under the surface of that derision and you’ll discover a world of confusion and ambivalence.

Obama is a deeply familiar figure among tea partiers and conservative Christians. He has the energy and charisma of a pastor, and he’s the sort of authority figure many on the far-Right are conditioned to respect. But the context is all wrong. The messenger is a black man. The hope he offers is grounded in the possibility that human institutions can be expressions of the common good."
politics  people(BarackObama)  conservative  evangelical  religion  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
The ‘Big Four’ markers of the evangelical tribe
"four tribal markers that characterize the boundaries of American evangelicalism: abortion, homosexuality, evolution and environmentalism. Opposition to all four of those constitutes evangelical tribal identity." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/05/05/the-big-four-markers-of-the-evangelical-tribe
evangelical  religion  conservatism  politics  groups  signals  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Behind the Right's Phony War on the Nonexistent Religion of Secularism | Rick Perlstein | Politics News | Rolling Stone
"Here's some background those befuddled Democrats need to know: One of the most robust and effective conspiracy theories on the right, the notion that "secularism" – or, just as often, "Secular Humanism" – is a religion is meant to be taken entirely literally: right wingers genuinely believe it refers to an actually existing religious practice. How do conservatives know? Because, they say, the Supreme Court said so. "
religion  politics  secularism  humanism  evangelical  conservatism  republican  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
The IndigNation, defending bullies and the martyr Sally Kern | slacktivist
"I have a theory that the central motivation for much of American politics is a manufactured indignation.

This indignation is stoked by the habitual taking of offense, whether or not such offense is actually there to be taken. The cultivation of such offendedness serves two emotional needs: 1) It’s exciting for those whose lives are otherwise kind of dull and pointless-seeming, and 2) It allows the people taking offense to pretend that they are better than those others whose behavior, imagined behavior, or very existence is cited as the pretext for the offense."
politics  indignation  religion  evangelical  glbt  homosexuality  scapegoat 
september 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: The New Historiographic Consensus on the 1970s
"Central to this new historiographic consensus is another area of wide agreement: that the 1970s were a crucial decade for conservative political transformation
history  america  labor  evangelical  conservatism  1970s  new-deal 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Mike Warnke and Marriage Equality | slacktivist
"And that leads us to the third motivation, the least innocent of the bunch and also, I think, the dominant factor. Warnke’s stories allowed his audience to pretend that they were righteous and heroic — better than others. The worse they pretended those others were, the better they could pretend to feel about themselves. Call it self-righteous indignation or Melon Morality, it’s an intoxicating and addictive drug."
evangelical  christian  belief  superior  psychology  ideology  satanism 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Brian D. McLaren: Good Friday Evangelicals
"In my travels, I constantly meet Evangelicals -- especially young Evangelicals -- who feel deeply marginalized and disappointed by their religious heritage. It seems to them to have become the chaplaincy for an alien ideology. The Evangelical movement seems to be moving in the direction of Mammon, not God
evangelical  christian  religion  ideology  poverty 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Onward Christian soldiers, at 24 frames per second
"I don’t go to the movies to be preached at. Few people do. But there’s a sizable number of a certain sort of conservative Christian who will only go to the movies if they know they’re going to hear a sermon. When I want to go to church, I go to church. These Christians want everywhere they go to be church. They need the constant reassurance that church provides."
religion  film  movies  evangelical  conservative 
april 2011 by tsuomela
slacktivist: The indignation of the persecuted hegemon: An illustration
"We've discussed here the feigned offendedness of the IndigNation -- those who seem addicted to and intoxicated by finding or manufacturing reasons to self-righteously puff themselves up with artificial umbrage.

And we've discussed the bizarre contradictions of the persecuted hegemons -- those who claim the privilege that in their view pertains to being a dominant ethnic or sectarian majority while simultaneously posturing as a persecuted and put-upon minority."
indignation  politics  evangelical  christmas  rhetoric  language  offense  power  hegemony 
december 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Why evangelicals like Christine O'Donnell sometimes claim to have explored becoming a Hare Krishna even though they never did
That is what this "Hare Krishna" business from O'Donnell is about. It's a tactic for discounting and dismissing the competition. She doesn't want to say that her evangelical faith is all she's ever known because she worries that might leave her vulnerable to the accusation that she simply doesn't know any different or any better. So she tries to head this off by making the implausible sweeping claim that she's test-driven them all -- that she's experimented with every religion and found her own faith to be the best and only satisfactory alternative.
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This claim of supposedly comprehensive experience also doesn't really carry the authoritative weight that those making it seem to think it does. What is intended to come across as experienced, expert and worldly wise instead just seems indicative of spiritual inconstancy, inconsistency and incontinence.
evangelical  religion  fundamentalism  christian  faith  experience 
october 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: TF: Loopholes and paradoxes
Here we encounter one more paradox, and this one simply confounds me. Premillennial pessimism and fatalism are ascendant in American evangelicalism. This is a view that, explicitly, teaches that heroism is for suckers and any attempt to change the world is futile. And yet these premillennial believers are more politically active than previous generations of evangelicals and fundamentalists.

The only explanation I can offer for this is that their convoluted theology confuses them even more than it confuses me.
evangelical  politics  religion  theology  confusion 
october 2010 by tsuomela
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