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Dangerous Words: Talking About God in the Age of Fundamentalism

March 28, 2007
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jeff Seaver
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Email: jeff@cfimichigan.org


The Freethought Association of West Michigan is pleased to welcome Gary Eberle, chair of the English department at Aquinas College, who will give a presentation based on his forth coming book titled “Dangerous Words: Talking about God in the Age of Fundamentalism.” The term has been around a while but it came front row center into American homes when conservative Republican candidate for the White House Pat Buchanan made the following prime time address at the 1992 GOP convention: “There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself.” What does such a pronouncement, and mindset, put those of a more liberal religious or non-religious tradition? Also, is the secular community just as inflexible as religious fundamentalists? Professor Eberle’s presentation will explore the thesis that over the past two decades fundamentalists have hijacked religious vocabulary to execute their agenda in the cultural and political arena: everything from influencing school curriculums (“Intelligent Design” ) to foreign policy. At the same time, Eberle says a “secular fundamentalism” has taken hold, which holds only science can yield the truths of life and the universe, thereby relegating religion to the dustbin of myth and superstition. Eberle’s central point, also the focus of his forth coming book entitled “Dangerous Words”, contends both sides are wrong. At the same time, Eberle hopes to challenge members of the Freethought Association to examine their thoughts to see how truly free they are. The Freethought Association of West Michigan invites to you engage with this respected author and teacher.

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Gary Eberle

Professor of English, Aquinas College

Gary Eberle, M.A., is chair of the English department at Aquinas College. Eberle is a professor of English at Aquinas, and has been named twice in the last ten-years the Outstanding faculty member of the year by the Student Senate. His journalism and fiction have won awards locally and nationally, including the novel Angel Strings which was named a “best book” by the New York Public Library in 1997. Eberle’s writing includes several books including A City Full of Rain – a short stories collection – and The Geography of Nowhere: Finding One’s Self in a Postmodern World. His newest book is entitled Dangerous Words: Talking About God in the Age of Fundamentalism, which will be released in June 2007.