Monday, April 30, 2007
This week at uuworld.org: JLA's 'fascist' prophecy.
Chris Hedges caught a lot of Unitarian Universalists' attention when he started invoking UU theologian and social ethicist James Luther Adams to promote his argument that the United States is on the brink of Christian theocracy. Hedges says that, in the 1980s when he was a student at Harvard Divinity School, Adams predicted that "we would all be fighting the 'Christian fascists'" by the time Hedges was Adams's age. I noticed Hedges talking about Adams in a "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" interview, then in articles in Harper's and Truthdig, and finally in his new book American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America. George Kimmich Beach, the most prominent UU interpreter of Adams's work, writes that Hedges's new book misses key elements of Adams's thought and misrepresents what Adams would have to say about contemporary religious politics.
For people who just can't get enough of JLA, here's my 2005 review of Beach's book, Transforming Liberalism: The Theology of James Luther Adams.
In the news, Don Skinner reports that Wiccans who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces can at last have their religious symbol on their military tombstones. (Don had reported back in December on the lawsuit that pushed the Veterans Administration to approve the symbol.) Sonja Cohen tracks yet another fascinating week of Unitarian Universalists in the media.
P.S. Sorry for the late posting; Mrs Philocrites and I were out of the country for a long weekend — ah, Montreal! — and didn't get back to Boston until this afternoon.
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 30 April 2007 at 8:47 PM