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October 8, 2015

Note: This is the third of three blog posts on Fundamentalism and Presbyterians to run in 2015. Read the previous posts here.


Thousands of Presbyterians will gather in Portland over the next nine months for the PC(USA)’s Fall Polity and General Assembly, many traveling by plane across the country.

When Thomas Atherton, a commissioner from Lackawanna...

June 12, 2015
July 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial, one of the most famous court cases in American history. Defending substitute high school teacher John Thomas Scopes was Clarence Darrow, one of the celebrity lawyers of the day. William Jennings Bryan—the “Great Commoner,” three-time Democratic nominee for President, and Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. ruling elder—argued for the prosecution, the State of Tennessee, which alleged that Scopes had broken the...
April 13, 2015

Note: The following blog post is the first of three that will run this year on Fundamentalism and Presbyterians. The second, on the Scopes Monkey Trial, will run in June and the third in September--DK


Millions of Americans identify themselves as Christian fundamentalists. The size of the fundamentalist movement and the participatory zeal of many of its adherents allow it to shape national conversations over issues such as marriage, education, and foreign affairs. Fundamentalists exert huge power in nominating and electing public officials, including presidents....

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