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Sunday, November 05, 2006

SBL sessions on Reception 6 (American Politics)

John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern
Joint Session With: John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern, The Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 144B - CC

Theme: Battle Hymns of the Republic: Clinton, Bush, Gore, Koresh, and Marilyn Manson

David Barr, Wright State University, Presiding

Harry O. Maier, Vancouver School of Theology, Bush’s Apocalypse: Themes from Revelation in Washington, DC (25 min).

David A. Bosworth, Barry University, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic": The Kingdom of God in American Politics (25 min).

Break (5 min)

Kenneth Newport, Liverpool Hope University, Clinton, Koresh, Culpability and Catastrophic Millennialism: The Book of Revelation, Negotiation and the Waco Siege (25 min).

Jacqueline Hidalgo, Claremont Graduate University, Averting the Apocalypse: The Horrors of Global Warming and the Rhetorical Power of the End (25 min).

Thomas Fabisiak, Emory University, Antichrist Superstar and Martyred Celebrity: Marilyn Manson's Appropriation and Transformation of Revelation's Beast and Lamb (25 min).

Discussion (20 min)

Role of Scripture in the 2006 Elections
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 202A – CC

As Republicans continue their successful outreach to Christian communities and as Democrats try out new strategies to reach persuadable religious voters, this panel will examine the role of religion in general and the use of scripture specifically in the recently completed 2006 election cycle. By drawing on Washington based political experts, journalists, biblical scholars and other religion scholars, this panel will assess the relative quality and wisdom of the various political strategies to reach religiously motivated voters. The panel will also consider the implications of the 2006 results for the upcoming 2008 presidential race
Michael McCurry, Former White House Press Secretary and Member of the Board of Governors, Wesley Theological Seminary, Presiding
Shaun Casey, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary, Panelist
Missy Daniel, Editor, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, Panelist
Terry Eastland, Publisher, The Weekly Standard, Panelist
Anna Greenberg, Vice President of Greenberg, Quinlan, a political polling and consulting firm, Panelist
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress, Former White House Chief of Staff, Panelist

Rhetoric and the New Testament
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 146A - CC

Theme: The Use of the New Testament in Contemporary Political Rhetoric

Thomas Olbricht, Pepperdine University, Presiding

C. Jan Swearingen, Texas A&M University, From Rome to Washington and Back Again (30 min).

Roland T. Boer, Monash University, Political Myth, or, the Antinomies of Christian Zionism (30 min).

Martin Medhurst, Baylor University, Political Proof Texts: Rhetorical Functions of the New Testament in American Presidential Discourse (30 min).

Khalil E. Jahshan, Pepperdine University, Seaver College, Onward Christian Soldiers: Religion as a Political Mobilizational Tool in Contemporary American Politics (30 min).

Discussion (30 min)

Remember Berlinerblau as well.

The Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible
9:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Room: Bridge Room: Wilson - GH

Theme: The Bible's Impact in Private and Public Discourse

Paper 4: Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University, Using the Bible in Contemporary American Political Rhetoric (30 min).


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