Author of the bestselling book War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges joins the Council to discuss his new book I Don't Believe in Atheists and offers his views of the extreme sides of the religious spectrum in the United States.
Hedges has spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, and has reported from more than fifty countries. He was part of the New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the coverage of global terrorism.
He is also the recipient of the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Chris Hedges is a journalist and author, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and society. He has written for Foreign Affairs, Granta, Harpers, Mother Jones, National Geographic and The New York Review of Books.
He is the author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning - a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. His other books are What Every Person Should Know About War and Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America.
Carla Thorson is the Vice President of Public Programs for the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
Chris Hedges on the radical Christian right which he believes to be the most dangerous mass movement in American history. Hedges also comments on dinosaurs wearing saddles in Kentucky's Creation Museum.
Chris Hedges examines atheist fundamentalism and its growth from the Enlightenment. Hedges claims that the major killing projects of this century are directly tied to the Enlightenment vision that only some groups are capable of reason.
Hedges also finds New Atheism culpable of misusing Darwinian science and simplifying religion as inherently evil.
Conservative Protestant movement that arose out of 19th-century millennialism in the U.S. It emphasized as fundamental the literal truth of the Bible, the imminent physical Second Coming of Jesus, the virgin birth, resurrection, and atonement. It spread in the 1880s and '90s among Protestants dismayed by labour unrest, Catholic immigration, and biblical criticism. Scholars at Princeton Theological Seminary provided intellectual arguments, published as 12 pamphlets (191015). Displeasure over the teaching of evolution, which many believed could not be reconciled with the Bible, and over biblical criticism gave fundamentalism momentum in the 1920s. In the 1930s and '40s, many fundamentalist Bible institutes and colleges were established, and fundamentalist groups within some Baptist and Presbyterian denominations broke away to form new churches. In the later 20th century, fundamentalists made use of television as a medium for evangelizing and became vocal in politics as the Christian right. See alsoevangelicalism; Pentecostalism.