I have run into a series of connections that need a discussion of some sort.
The Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture is headed by Stephen Meyer. Meyer did a presentation here with Eric Metaxas, who is an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump as seen by his book Donald Drains the Swamp. A children’s cartoon book designed for the “forgotten man.”
Metaxas calls Phil Roberston of Duck Dynasty a “prophet” in a back-cover review of The Theft of America’s Soul, Robertson’s book about how liberals in the 1960s turned America away from God and traditional values.
The Robertson clan has become a outspoken Christian newsmakers. Phil’s nephew Wilie did a cameo in the film God is Not Dead, which in my view caricatured the university professor. Phil is also highly critical of the academy in his book.
Meyer, Metaxas, Robertson…now enter Steve Bannon of Breitbart News and Trump’s former advisor and architect of his 2016 apocalyptic rhetoric.
Robertson is the narrator of Bannon’s film The Torchbearer, an apocalyptic vision of the downfall of Western civilization.
Tim LaHaye, whom I interviewed, used this vision of the apocalypse to create the Left Behind series.
Is ID merging with Bannon’s alt-right? These two movements have different origins and initial intentions, but it seems the evidence says so.
All I can think of as a nobody who is an adjunct professor is to initiate a community conversation with pastors and professors here in my Dallas neighborhood.
These culture warriors cannot be stopped it seems to me. But free speech can be answered by more speech.
I think the young people are depending on us to answer. I am going to do my best here.
Thoughts? Challenges? Critique?