Richard T. Hughes takes on The Christian Right in Context

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I’m simply not going to post every article that he writes in this series, although admittedly, ]] radically changed my viewpoint on how to approach terrorism and what it might mean to actually be a Christian country. This week, he is posting a series of essays which looks at the Christian Right, in context.

Thirty-five years ago, in a time that seems like ancient history to most young people today, the eminent social critic ]] wrote a book that illumines the current American crisis with devastating precision.

I do not use the phrase, “American crisis,” casually. All Americans, whether on the right, the left or in between, understand that the nation is now in a crisis of significant proportions. But most Americans fail to grasp how deeply that crisis runs.

Liberals and conservatives alike seem to think that the core of the American crisis stems from a flagging economy and the threat from Islamic terrorists.

But the American crisis runs much deeper than that. Ultimately, the crisis is a religious one, and that is the point that Bellah’s book, ]], helps us to see.

The Christian Right stands at the heart of our current crisis since, for 30 years and more, the Christian Right has so successfully eaten away at the core, bedrock values that shaped this nation at its founding.

To advance this argument, of course, is to advance an irony, since the Christian Right has claimed from its inception that others — especially liberals, secularists and humanists — were eroding the values of the nation that they sought to affirm and protect.

And precisely in that claim we find the seeds of the current American crisis.

Richard T. Hughes: The Christian Right in Context, Part 1: The Long View.

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4 Replies to “Richard T. Hughes takes on The Christian Right in Context”

  1. Joel,

    This article tells me absolutely nothing that I have never heard before. The author is arguing over semantics rather than concrete evidence.

    1. So you are Jerry Falwell Christian? Considering that you haven’t reached the climax of his argument, you may wish to give him some time to develop his thesis.

  2. Joel i just ordered his book after reading your post. This past week i found myself re-reading Boyd’s The Myth of a Christian Nation, and thought this book might be a good follow-up read to tackle. Thanks for the post!

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