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Erskine Clarke Lectures on Fundamentalism and American Culture at Presbytery of St. Andrew Study Program


Decatur, GA.—Erskine Clarke, professor of religious history at Columbia Theological Seminary, will speak on “Protestant Fundamentalism and American Culture” at the annual program for Presbyterian ministers in St. Andrew’s Presbytery. The event takes place at Hopewell Camp and Conference Center in Oxford, MS, on April 25-26, 2005. Dr. Clarke is especially interested in U.S. religious history, focusing on the relationship of religion to its social and cultural contexts and to the history of religion in the South. He also directs Columbia’s international programs. He is the author of Wrestlin’ Jacob: A Portrait of Religion in the Old South and Our Southern Zion: Calvinism in the South Carolina Old Country, 1690-1990. His book Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic will be released this summer. He is editor and publisher of the Journal for Preachers. Dr. Clarke’s introductory lecture on Monday, April 25, will provide an overview of the Fundamentalism Movement with Evangelical Protestantism in the United States and will include a session on the character of dispensationalism as it is developed in the Scofield Reference Bible. “Fundamentalism and the Emergence of a New Religious Right” is the topic of the lecture on Tuesday, April 26, in which participants will view and discuss the PBS program “With God on Our Side.” The concluding lecture, “Apocalyptic Visions at the Beginning of a New Millennium” will analyze Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days, the first book in the Left Behind series. For more information about the program, please call the presbytery office at 662-234-6069. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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