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The Rise of American Christendom

From its beginning, the Christian Right has acted as a political ideology, rather than a religious movement.

How is it that some followers of the way of Jesus find themselves on the opposite side of a group of U.S. citizens who claim that Christianity is aligned with government policies that run counter to love of neighbor?

Over two Thursday evenings (March 30 and April 6), three Phillips Theological Seminary faculty members will offer their views on the rise of American Christendom and its effects on public policy.

March 30 7–8:30 p.m.

Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend and Associate Dean and Theology Professor Joseph Bessler will explore the historical roots and rise of the Christian Right. They have studied and written on the transformation of the Republican Party from a white collar, Northern, traditionalist Christian party to counting on a base of very conservative Southern and Western Christians. 

April 6 7–8:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor of Theology Sarah Morice Brubaker will show how reproductive issues became a rallying point for the Christian Right, while offering creative options to the usual rhetoric surrounding reproductive justice. She is a sought-after writer on reproductive health and Christianity and has been published in Religion Dispatches, The Christian Century, Geez Magazine, and Salon.

These lectures are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

The seminary is located just north of I-244 at 901 N. Mingo Rd.

For more information contact Anna Holloway by calling 918-270-6454 or emailing.


Gary Peluso-Verdend

Joseph Bessler

Sarah Morice Brubaker

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