Fundamentalism

Beating Up Baptists

Excerpt from Chapter 3 of The Sword of the Lord. Baptists were an oppressed and disreputable religious community in American before the Revolution. They were attacked, beaten, jailed, and ostracized for the offense of creating their own churches outside the established Church of England. Baptists therefore, led the drive to enshrine the separation of church and state in the new United States Constitution.

A Phenomenal Epic Saga and Guide to Fundamentalism in America

In “The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family”, Andrew Himes introduce us to his Fundamentalist ancestors, the Rice family. He takes us through their lives as displaced Scot-Irish men and women who fled to America seeking freedom and refuge from religious persecution, famine and war. We follow them through the blood and battle of the Revolutionary War, to their rise to peace and prosperity, as wealthy southern plantation and slave owners.

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Cameron Penny's poem

If you are lucky in this life,
A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies.
And when the soldiers look into the window
They don’t see their enemies.
They see themselves as children.
And they stop fighting
And go home and go to sleep. When they wake up, the land is well again.

Cameron Penny's If You Are Lucky in This Life was originally published in the November/December 2001 issue of North American Review. Marie Howe reads his poem in the film Voices in Wartime.