Why is Populism Persuasive? Populism as Expression of Religio-Cultural History; U.S. and Evangelicals as a Case Study

Why is Populism Persuasive? Populism as Expression of Religio-Cultural History with the U.S. and U.S. Evangelicals as a Case Study By Marcia Pally   Political Theology Published online: 11 Mar 2020 https://doi.org/10.1080/1462317X.2020.1740145 ABSTRACT Introduction Definitions and rubric An American case study American left-populism American right-populism Populism and American evangelicals Concluding thoughts References ABSTRACT Abtract: Populism […]

Evangelicals, Right-wing Populism, Trump: Not a Faustian Bargain

Evangelicals, Right-wing Populism, Trump: Not a Faustian Bargain Published in Theologische Literaturzeitung, Nov. 2019, pp 1084-1102. Introduction The 81 percent of white American evangelicals who voted for Donald Trump in 20161 drew substantial attention as it seemed that one of America’s most devout faith groups supported a politician who was not only twice divorced but had […]

A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS: American populism–the Past that Makes the Present

A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS: American populism–the history that makes our politics, health care, nativism, and Paris peace accord withdrawal By Marcia Pally Published in Religious and Ethics, June 8, 2017 In the United States, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) is not likely to benefit a majority of Americans. Neither are […]

Pandemic Police Populism

Pandemic Police Populism By Marcia Pally  June 26, 2020 https://politicaltheology.com/pandemic-police-populism/ Blaming Covid 19 on the World Health Organization or on a lab in China and calling Black Lives Matter “radical leftist extremists” follow the American-populist playbook of responding to duress by targeting an alien “other” who have wronged “us” and whom “we’re” right to combat with […]

America’s New Evangelicals and Their Politics

Campaign Stops STRONG OPINIONS ON THE 2012 ELECTION The New Evangelicals By MARCIA PALLY The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2011 Though public support for both major political parties is very low, one group of voters is usually exempted from this malaise: evangelicals. It’s assumed that at least these “values voters” are getting what they want. […]

Our post-pandemic future: What basics should be its basis?

Our post-pandemic future: What basics should be its basis? By Marcia Pally Religion & Ethics, May 24, 2020   What is needed to effect a change in our socio-economic and environmental practices? By what principles should we proceed after the pandemic, and toward which ends?  When the telephone was first introduced into general use, there […]

More than a Resource: Covenant as a Basis for Societal Organization

More than a Resource: Covenant as a Basis for Societal Organization By Prof. Dr. Marcia Pally in: Religion and Democracy: Challenges and Resources in a Public Theological Perspective Torsten Meireis and Rolf Schieder (Eds., 2017), pp. 71-87 Introduction Of human thriving, the neurobiologist Darcia Narvaez writes, “To approach eudaimonia or human flourishing, one must have a […]

Recovering Relationality: From ‘Selfish Gene’ to ‘Hyper-Cooperative Species’

Recovering Relationality: From the ‘Selfish Gene’ to a ‘Hyper-Cooperative Species’ By Marcia Pally Religion and Ethics, 5 Apr 2016 In the summative speech of the film Margin Call, Jeremy Irons, playing the fictional head of a collapsing Lehman Brothers-type investment house, unconcernedly quips that these sorts of booms and busts have been with us since the […]

“Peculiar Relations of Affectability”: Peirce and Royce as resources for the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Peculiar Relations of Affectability”: Peirce and Royce as resources for the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. By Marcia Pally Telos Journal: special edition on Martin Luther King Jr. telos Spring 2018 vol. 2018 no. 182 161-182 doi: 10.3817/0318182161 Ken Johnson, editor This article is about the philosophical and theological groundings of Martin Luther King Jr.’s […]

Are Humans Wired for Violence? Evolutionary biology begs to differ

Are Humans Wired for Violence? Evolutionary biology begs to differ Marcia Pally | November 27, 2015 (RNS) Given the terrorist attacks of the last few weeks, one might be forgiven for feeling a bit bleak about the human species, its frequent use of violence and its failure to negotiate solutions. We must be hard-wired for violence. Or […]