The ways in which Americans have used the Bible and its teachings to advance campaigns and causes was the focus of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and political scientist, first aired Sept. 22 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.
You can listen to their conversation above.
Vile’s latest book, “The Bible in American Law and Politics,” is a reference work full of documentary evidence of the Bible’s use in court cases, civil rights movements, education, Congress, legislation and speeches.
While various political movements over the decades have found the Bible to be handy rhetorical material, Vile said it’s sometimes hard to say who’s inspired by it and who just wants to use it to batter their adversaries.
“Both … slave proponents and opponents cited the Bible,” Vile said. “Suffragists later cited the Bible. People for and against American wars, imperialism, colonialism … cite the Bible, as well.”
The book includes both alphabetical and topical lists of entries, along with a glossary, a bibliography and several indices, including an index of scriptures.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.