Confronting Fundamentalism

Moderate Americans are fed up with hate-mongering, intolerant, hard-Right Christian fundamentalism and the radical politics they have created. Scholars in several different fields now agree that "Christian" has come to mean "hard-Right bigot." But that's a staggering cultural loss: a major spiritual tradition has been vandalized for narrow political purposes. Christians want their religion back. They want their God back. Secular humanists and members of other traditions are equally unhappy. They want their religious liberty back. They want their freedom of conscience back. They are tired of being demonized. They demand the respect due them as part of one nation with liberty and justice for all.
It's up to Christians to do some thing about this appalling state of affairs: Christian fundamentalism can only be stopped from within Christianity, just as Islamic fundamentalism can only be stopped from within Islam. And so the time is right for a major work--a nimble, accessible, cleanly focused work--reaching out to American majority of ordinary people who are moderate, reasonable, tolerant, neighborly, and committed to clear thinking and honest evidence. Confronting Fundamentalism: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination is that work.

After 9/11, she explains, Wallace knew that she had to speak up about dangerous fundamentalism in her own tradition. She had to speak up because she had the cultural-history expertise to trace this malignancy to its origins. She had the philosophical and theological chops to delineate the common ground shared by reasonable people regardless of our religious allegiance. She set out to map the common ground issues: gay marriage, political violence, science-denial, literal-minded absolutism, bullying judgmentalism and then misrepresentations of Jesus of Nazareth and God as Jesus understood him. Begin where you want, stop where you want: each volume is entirely self-contained. And each can be read in a couple of hours.

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  1. Confronting a Controlling God

    Catherine M. Wallace

    Cascade / AUG 2016

    Christianity has lost control of its brand. That matters even for nonbelievers because Christian symbolism permeates Western culture. It shapes the source code for how we think about ourselves and... read more »
  2. Confronting Religious Absolutism

    Catherine M. Wallace

    Cascade / OCT 2016

    Papal infallibility and biblical inerrancy provide the conceptual foundations of theocracy, which is to say religiously-based totalitarianism. These absolutist doctrines emerge for the very first... read more »
  3. Confronting Religious Denial of Gay Marriage

    Catherine M. Wallace

    Cascade / OCT 2015

    Writing in part for secular humanists, non-Christians, and ex-Christians, Wallace locates the beginning of religious vilification of LBGTQ Americans: these attacks recycle earlier, equally... read more »
  4. Confronting Religious Denial of Science

    Catherine M. Wallace

    Cascade / JUL 2016

    Confronting Religious Denial of Science: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination traces the cultural backstory of contemporary conflicts between biblical literalists who oppose... read more »
  5. Confronting Religious Judgmentalism

    Catherine M. Wallace

    Cascade / MAY 2016

    Come to church or go to hell. That's religious bullying. It's judgmentalism. And it's a theological distortion, a distortion insisting that shame and self-loathing are morally appropriate. In... read more »
  6. Confronting Religious Violence

    Catherine M. Wallace

    Cascade / MAR 2016

    Confronting Religious Violence: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination tells the tale of Christian theocracy in the West. Who converted whom was never entirely clear: the empire did... read more »
  7. The Confrontational Wit of Jesus

    Catherine M. Wallace

    Cascade / JUL 2016

    Jesus did not die to save us from God. He died because the Romans did not tolerate charismatic teachers who attracted a lively following. Jesus attracted that following through his personal... read more »

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