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Evangelical Anti-intellectualism in Modern America

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Start Date:  March 22, 2013
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: DiSepio, room 213
Phone: 814-472-3396

Randall Stevens

The Saint Francis Institute for Ethics and the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy will present "Evangelical Anti-intellectualism in Modern America" on Friday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. on the Loretto campus in DiSepio 213. The lecture is free and is open to the public.

Randall Stephens will present this lecture that explores intellectual authority within evangelicalism. Stephens will speak about how America's populist ideals, anti-intellectualism, and religious free market- along with the concept of anointing (being chosen by God to speak for him like the biblical prophets)- established a conservative evangelical leadership isolated from the world of secular arts and sciences. Today, charismatic and media-savvy creationists, historians, psychologists, and biblical exegetes continue to receive more funding and airtime than their more qualified counterparts. Though a growing minority of evangelicals engage with contemporary scholarship, the community's authority structure still encourages the "anointed" to assume positions of leadership.

Professor Stephens is a Reader in History and American Studies at Northumbria University (UK). He is co-author of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age and has written for The Atlantic, the New York Times, Christian Century, Christianity Today, and Books and Culture.

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