As if the Christian radio and Quiverfull article didn't bring on enough anxiety I then proceed to watch the unsettling little documentary, Jesus Camp. Graeme had a little discussion of this disturbing film over on his blog but I didn't realize that much of it concerns the same area of Missouri I was just visiting and where we saw the film. (We made it back to Montana last night, thank the Lord) So there was that odd coincidence. Much has been made of this whole "culture war" meme with some commentators dismissing the notion as overblown and others pinpointing it as the epicenter of this terrain of civilizational conflict.Revolutionary Blogger reminds me in the last thread of the difficult problem of stereotyping and generalizing, and I wonder how necessary is the empirical for this discussion and how valid are "general" impressions and observations as a casual student of the human condition? Could I start going to some of these fundamentalist churches, visiting some of their websites, seeking them out for discussion in order to more accurately guage their impact and influence?
I know the French and Dutch and other "modern" european societies are experiencing this same tumultuous conflict, brought on in large part by reaction to Muslim immigration, but exacerbated by other contradictions of culture, politics and economy. The French Right exemplified by LaPenn (spelling?) is calling for a return to Catholic orthodoxy, priests facing the alter, speaking the old latin. Others around the world want to RETURN to a time rather than PROGRESS to the next stage. Islam, Hindus struggling with a caste system, Christians and the 50s, all in conflict over tradition, values and the frightening modern.