Event: Town Hall Seattle Hosts Andrew Himes

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Sunday, May 15 at 5 pm

Town Hall Seattle is hosting an event which with Andrew Himes (Author of The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family) in conversation with several local religious leaders about the book, and thinking about the fundamentals of faith.

To understand the historical and religious roots of Christian fundamentalism Seattle writer Andrew Himes looked to his family. He is the son, grandson, great-grandson, brother, nephew, and cousin of Baptist preachers. His grandfather, John R. Rice, shaped the beliefs of generations of fundamentalist Christians, and launched Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell into the national spotlight. Through his family’s story, Himes tells the story of fundamentalism, the rise of the Religious Right, and the movement of a new generation beyond the categorical and time-bound thinking of the 20th century.

Joining Andrew Himes:

· Pastor Pat Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir

· Rev. Rich Lang, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church

· Rev. Catherine Foote, pastor of University Congregational UCC

· Rev. Alphonso H. Meadows, Jr., pastor of Ebenezer AME Zion

· Rev. Samuel B. McKinney, pastor emeritus of Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Tickets are $5 at www.brownpapertickets.com or 800/838-3006, or at the door beginning at 4:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.

The good news for those of us who are not living in Seattle is that it will be streamed live here: http://swordofthelordbook.com/livestream. It’s sure to be an interesting conversation, I plan on checking it out and I’m sure some of you folks will too.

34 thoughts on “Event: Town Hall Seattle Hosts Andrew Himes”

      1. HAHAHAHA! I’d like to see Jack Schaap’s response to an invitation from her!

        I believe from Darrell’s review I remember him saying something to the effect that Himes is no longer a Christian (whatever that means to Himes).

        1. I am a passionate follower of Jesus and of the Way of Jesus. I must admit that I am leery of applying additional labels to myself or to other people. I’m afraid that labels are sometimes used to summarily dismiss others without listening to them or learning from them. If “fundamentalism” means following the fundamental teachings of Jesus that we are to love God with heart, mind, and soul, and love our neighbors as ourselves, then yes, I am a fundamentalist. But perhaps we need to redefine fundamentalism.

        2. My bad, was just going from my recollection of Darrell’s review. I don’t know who I had confused you with.

        3. From Darrell’s review? I thought I had read it there, and obv didn’t go back and re-read. It’s good news that I was wrong. And I’m sure won’t be the last time I was wrong.

    1. The answer:

      “Yes, we will keep the whole broadcast through livestream up on the site after the event. We don’t want this to only be open to people who have time on Sunday Night to tune in.”

      1. Yay! Thanks for checking! I will not be home until after six on Sunday night.

        Oh, and this one double-check: as it is taking place in Seattle, is the time (5 PM) West coast time (so 8 PM east coast time?)

  1. This is the closest I have ever been to first. I have nothing else to say though. I will, however, keep trying. Hopefully as I work my way up I will have brilliant things to post as well.

  2. I’m looking fwd to reading the book, I’ll have to wait a few months til I can get a used one.

    John R. Rice was definitely a mixed-bag, he was fundy to the core on many issues and yet was not KJVonly, which really got him into some hot water with many of his fellow fundies. One of the volumes I have by him is “Our God-Breathed Book the Bible” and was a very good look at the KJV and translating in general, I learned alot from this book and was completely astonished to find out that he was not KJV only.

    Looking fwd to the broadcast.

  3. It sounds like a great program, but I’m not going to be in Seattle. Maybe I can catch the online streaming.

  4. I am reading this book right now and it is fascinating. He seems a bit fixated on connecting his family and fundamentalism to racism over-all, but it is a great read for its historical perspective and because I have personally known some of the people in here over the years, I find it doubly interesting. Well worth adding to one’s Kindle. 😛

    1. I’d say that is probably because fundamentalism is tied closely to racism, at least the fundamentalism that grew out of the early 1900’s. Separation=Segregation. The ties are all there, they are just somewhat burried by time. Folks are finding those ties and exposing them, though.

    1. If you check out the comments, Andrew Himes personally responded to this rumor and called himself a passionate follower of Jesus and the Way of Jesus……

    2. Admittedly I’m assuming that is the Himes posting that, but someone posted as Himes, and I have no reason to disbeliever that it was indeed him, just can’t verify it either.

  5. He sounds very balanced and gracious in dealing with fundamentalism. Sometimes, I kind of wish I could hear people who are no longer IFB fundamentalist get right to the point, concerning why they no longer embrace IFB fundamentalism. He seems to take it slow and sounds very neutral in his presentation. But maybe the “to the point” method generates family conflicts also.

  6. I just tuned in and listened through. It sounds to me like he is following Christ according to his conscience, to the utmost, in fact. As is true with anybody, I doubt I would agree with his POV on everything, but he certainly presents a very worthy POV, and he certainly deserves a listen and a read. My treat for myself as soon as I get a job again will be, Lord willing, to buy a copy of his book.

    1. I agree with what you have said. I love the fact, though, that we don’t have to agree on every POV. My copy of the book is on its way. (Good luck with the job hunt)

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