Comey, James B., “Reinhold Niebuhr and Jerry Falwell: the Christian in politics” (1982). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 1116.

I’ve been reading and discussing Comey’s thesis for awhile, mostly with the personal goal of understanding his mind a bit better and seeing how a theologian like Reinhold Niebuhr might have played a pivotal role in our nation’s history.  I’m posting a link to the full thesis here, and would be happy to discuss it further.

Recommended Citation

Comey, James B., “Reinhold Niebuhr and Jerry Falwell: the Christian in politics” (1982). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 1116.

https://publish.wm.edu/honorstheses/1116/

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2 Responses to “Comey, James B., “Reinhold Niebuhr and Jerry Falwell: the Christian in politics” (1982). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 1116.”

  1. lila1jpw Says:

    Where do I even start?
    My over-arching comment is to decry ‘bibliolatry.’ The Word of God is Jesus Christ our Lord, not a bunch of words in a book. Jesus himself called down the religious leaders who looked to the Writings rather than to Him.(John 5:39)
    But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.”–so says the author of Titus (3:9)
    Please excuse the biblical references. It is just in reaction to Jerry’s lack of them.

    • philosophicalscraps Says:

      In my limited research, I’ve been surprised by how thoroughly Falwell simply buys into the theology of R.J. Rushdoony, the Chalcedon Foundation, and Christian Reconstructionism. I always thought of Reconstructionism as an extreme fringe of the Religious Right; now I understand that it is heart and mind, and the “moderates” like Falwell and Robinson were mere Trojan Horses for people who would genuinely and literally like to see the Republic of Gilead established on North America. Falwell’s twisting of the Gospel to turn it into an ideology of human power over others is simply breathtaking for its straightforwardness.

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