Posted in History of Homeschooling, Politics of homeschooling, tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, American National Religion, Atheism, Bill Gothard, capitalism as freedom, civil religion, cold war, Communism, Doug Phillips, Friedrich von Hayek, George Stigler, Governmental Theism, Harry S Truman, Herbert Hoover, HSLDA, In God we trust, James Dobson, John Maynard Keynes, Keynesian economics, libertarian, military supremacy, Milton Friedman, Mount Pelerin Society, Pledge of Allegiance, Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Soviet Union, Spiritual Weapons, T. Jeremy Gunn, Ten Commandments, Theism, war as watershed, World War II on March 8, 2010 |
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This post reviews T. Jeremy Gunn, Spiritual Weapons: The Cold War and the Forging of an American National Religion, (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009).
Gunn, director of the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief (among many other assignments), here constructs a fascinating if flawed argument that the Cold War led to the unique blend of Christianity, militarism, and capitalism that is now the dominant religion in the United States. First I’ll lay out his argument and then say why I think it’s flawed. What does all of this have to do with homeschooling? I think conservative Christian homeschoolers are perhaps the purest expression of the sort of religion Gunn is chronicling here–fiercely committed to the idea that the United States is (or was and should be again) a Christian and capitalist nation, and strongly pro-military. Why are so many conservative homeschoolers like this? Here’s Gunn’s explanation:
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Atheism, Basic Life Seminar, Bill Gothard, Bonnie Richardson, Discipleship Training School, horrorcore, James Dobson, Joseph Stalin, Matthew Murray, Max Blumenthal, National Association of Evangelicals, New Life Community Church, Oral Roberts University, Rochelle High, Sports Illustrated, Ted Haggard, The Nation, Wynonna Judd, Youth With a Mission, YWAM on September 28, 2009 |
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I don’t have a piece of research to review for this week so instead I’ll briefly comment on a few homeschooling-related stories that have recently made the news or appeared in trade magazines.
First, there’s a great story in this week’s Sports Illustrated (28 September 2009) about Bonnie Richardson, who single-handedly won the class 1A Texas state track championship for her teeny school Rochelle High. (more…)
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