Spreading the Word: Evangelism and the Posturing of Evil

Inter-Disciplinary Press
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Challenging Evil: Time, Society and Changing Concepts of the Meaning of Evil, 2010, 1, pp. 19 - 28
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Visions of a fundamentalist Christian America are pumped into millions of American homes through Christian television and radio stations. Plus the voices of individual preachers, pastors and healers push out via TV syndication, podcasts, vodcasts and niche websites to a vast global audience. These mass communication mediums have allowed the dissemination of points of view of congregations and individual ministers, from mainstream to isolated or splinter groups, to penetrate a vaster audience and search out like minded people way beyond the limits of their hometown. Indicators of dislocation, disenfranchisement, rapid globalisation and unemployment provide fertile grounds for the rhetorical and morally simplistic language conveyed through vast and organised mediums to influence and convert. This language of defining evil, as part of a moral absolutism, has permeated the mainstream to counter the belief that the conversation has for too many decades been dominated by the amoralists claim to the meaningless of good and evil. This moral war has defined and dominated the recent resurgence on the narrative of Evil. Fundamentalist organisations, such as the Westboro Baptist Church, define and express their perception on the nature of evil: www.godhatesfags.com and www.godhatestheworld.com and as such have been themselves defined as evil by the very church they state they represent. Pro-lifers kill Christian abortionists whilst preachers incite like Reverend Jerry Falwells revelation on September13, 2001, that God had opened up the nation to devastation because of the unholy workings of, among other constituencies, ``the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians. This paper looks at examples of the Evangelism of evil plus the role of US Christian Fundamentalists in pushing to define a universal transcendent definition of evil and how they disseminate an absolutist point of view.
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