Why Jimmy Carter?

If you didn’t know much about Liberty University or conservative evangelical higher education, you might be surprised to hear that President Jimmy Carter will be giving the commencement address at Liberty this year.

Trump at liberty

Glories of past Liberty commencements…

For SAGLRROILYBYGTH, it makes perfect sense. I lay out my case this morning at The Conversation why Jerry Falwell Jr. would want President Carter to come to Lynchburg.

Why would he? Click on over and check it out. Let me know if you think I’m off base.

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  1. mlshatto

     /  April 25, 2018

    I think you are right on track with your analysis and reasoning. My only quibble would be with your dating the beginning of the Fundamentalist movement in the 1920s. It certainly became more fully organized by then, but my reading indicates that the fundamentalist rejection of science/evolution and modern Biblical scholarship goes back into the last decade of the 19th century, at least.

    • You’re absolutely right. Especially when it comes to questions of higher education, conservative evangelicals became intensely concerned with both mainstream and denominational schools in the late 1800s. I dated the capital-F Fundamentalist movement to the 1920s because only in that decade did people begin using that label.


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