—Christopher H. Evans
The idea of “social salvation” that was critical to Walter Rauschenbusch, A.J. Muste and Martin Luther King Jr. is galvanizing the activism of a new generation of religious progressives. Can the religious left achieve the public status of the religious right and become a potent political force?
On this St. Patrick’s Day in the midst of a bitter national debate over immigration, Paul Moses remembers John F. Kennedy’s A Nation of Immigrants. “The Irish,” wrote Kennedy, “were the first to endure the scorn and discrimination later to be inflicted, to some degree at least, on each successive wave of immigrants by already settled ‘Americans.’ ”
From the intelligent design movement to claims the biotech industry plans to reengineer the human species and the environmental movement is using (non-existent) climate change as an excuse to usher in a totalitarian world government, paranoia has driven the creation of alternative science—“paranoid science”—which functions as part of the Christian Right’s alternative reality.