The Alliance Defending Freedom wants to take America back to the 3rd century. Literally. On the website for its legal fellowship program, the organization explains that it “seeks to recover the robust Christendomic theology of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries.”

“This is catholic, universal orthodoxy and it is desperately crucial for cultural renewal,” the explanation goes on. “Christians must strive to build glorious cultural cathedrals, rather than shanty tin sheds.”

While the Arizona-based organization has not made much progress in its mission of restoring the religious sentiments of the Byzantine Era, it has built a massive “legal ministry,” relying on 21st century attorneys and an eight-figure annual budget to reshape American law and society.


7 thoughts on “The 800-Pound Gorilla Of The Christian Right

  1. Honestly, Robert, these types of groups are so challenging for me to understand. Sometimes, I wonder why they don’t just return to the lands of their ancestors so they can try to live in the past as they wish and leave what is now “America” so we can return to the values that preceded their oppressive colonial presence. I know that’s simplistic, and we still do share one world. No matter where they are, our futures are intertwined…


    • Hi Carol, years ago I also had trouble figuring out why some social institutions engaged in highly questionable activities. So, I became determined to get to the bottom of those mysteries. The key was to identify their driving philosophies, and to objectively analyze the rhetoric of their public statements. What I discovered was quite a personal and disturbing revelation. What had been inhibiting my understanding was my moral projection onto others. In other words, I was not seeing them as they truly are but through a subjective filter which I had created.

      To understand radical Christian fundamentalism, one must first understand its philosophy. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism



      • A fascinating resource, Robert, and actually quite disturbing from my perspective. I still find myself (self-righteously?) confounded as I wonder how anyone could believe this.

        I have tried in the past to explore the possibility of finding common ground with fundamental Christians on issues of abortion and gay marriage and discovered a disturbing phenomenon. I feel no need to change their views, while they seemed to feel the need to “save my soul.” I have no desire to see people who need to convert others in positions of power, although I do realize from descriptions in Class Matters (by the Editors of The New York Times, 2005) that evangelical Christians are becoming a prominent force in Ivy League universities in order to pursue leadership positions.


  2. “Christians must strive to build glorious cultural cathedrals, rather than shanty tin sheds.”

    Never mind the fact that they have enough wealth to eliminate hunger and wipe out preventable diseases for every child, woman, and man. Someone dies a horrible death from starvation approximately every five seconds, mostly children under five, but these Christians are too focused on spending multi-billions on gody cathedrals.


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