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David Harrington Watt

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195068343.001.0001

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Oak Grove Church

Oak Grove Church

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Bible-Carrying Christians

David Harrington Watt

Oxford University Press

Oak Grove Church and the school that was associated with it (Oak Grove Christian Academy) were located in Olney – a Philadelphia neighborhood that had once been solidly working class, but which had in more recent decades fallen on hard times. Oak Grove Church and Oak Grove Christian Academy were both rooted in the traditions of fundamentalism. Both institutions embodied many of the attitudes associated with the New Christian Right. Although the church and the school were not places where people were taught that Christians always ought to do what corporations want them to do, they were places where the free enterprise system was greatly respected. The school and the church were also places where the importance of submitting to the authority of teachers and ministers was emphasized consistently. Both the school and the church naturalized the authority of men, of heterosexuals, and of nation‐states.

Keywords:   Corporations, fundamentalism, heterosexuals, men, ministers, nation‐states, New Christian Right, Oak Grove Christian Academy, Oak Grove Church, Philadelphia

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