The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture presents “Flea Market Jesus”

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Date(s) - 04/12/2013
10:30 am - 11:30 am

IUPUI Campus Center Room 309

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Drawing on his recent book by the same title, Farnsley will offer an up-close look at individualism and anti-institutionalism. Using ethnography (and just a little personal testimony), Farnsley tells a story of alienation, Biblical literalism, libertarianism, and deep-seated religious belief. This is not about the TeaParty, the Occupy movement, or the Christian Right, but it shines a light on all of those by highlighting the potent combination of mistrust, resentment, and personal liberty too often kept in the shadows of public discourse.

Farnsley is the author of Southern Baptist Politics (1994); Rising Expectations: Urban Congregations, Welfare Reform and Civic Life (2003); andSacred Circles, Public Squares: The Multicentering of American Religion (2004). His stories have appeared on the covers of Christianity Todayand The Christian Century. He is also twenty-three-time knife and tomahawk champion of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. He is the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.