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American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel

2019, Jeanine Isabel Butler, USA, 85 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 6th 4:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 8th 4:45pm
  • Sat, Sep 14th 5:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 21st 5:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 30th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere! Filmmakers and subjects in person!

“A fascinating history lesson…eye-opening.”—Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Speaks smartly and concisely to some ways in which many Christians have developed blind spots.”—John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Filmmaker Butler ventures deep into the reddest of red states in search of Evangelical Christians whose belief-driven actions run counter to the South’s prevailing image of a religion headed by a vengeful white male deity who disdains the poor and persecuted and showers blessings on the rich. The search centers on the atypical Mayflower Congregational UCC Church in Oklahoma City, where pastor Dr. Robin Meyers and associate Rev. Lori Walke are leading their responsive congregation to a vote on becoming a sanctuary church. Extending her inquiry into the roots of Christian division, Butler explores the significant role of women in earlier eras, and explores the ways that the Bible is increasingly used to bolster right-wing political agendas, sometimes in direct conflict with the teachings of the Gospel. Interviews with religious thinkers and theologians include Prof. Bernard Brandon Scott, Rev. Martin Lavanhar, Bishop Carlton Pearson, Robert P. Jones, and more. DCP digital. (BS)

Film story consultant James Kasper is scheduled to appear on Sept. 8, 14, 21; he will be joined via Skype by film subject Rev. Marlin Lavanhar (Sept. 8); director-writer Jeanine Isabel Butler and writer Catherine Lynn Butler (Sept. 14); and film subject Bishop Carlton Pearson (Sept. 21).

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