Terms, Definitions & Glossaries for Writing about the Religious Right
Chip Berlet’s web site Research for Progress links to an extensive glossary sponsored by the American Sociological Association’s Social Movements Study Network.
Political Research Associates has a glossary.
Religious Right Watch (the site of one of the founders of Talk to Action, Scott Isebrand) has an excellent glossary (with lots of links).
Southern Poverty Law Center has a glossary of terms related to the racist right.
The Religion Newswriters Association has a helpful Religion Stylebook for journalists.
Rachel Tabachnick posted a glossary of terms related to "Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare" as used by the New Apostolic Reformation; here at Talk to Action in 2010. Her essay Spiritual Warriors with an Anti-Gay Mission: The New Apostolic Reformation, published in The Public Eye, features fresh and definitive usage of some important terms.
My 2016 essay about dominionism in The Public Eye includes a definition on which Chip Berlet, Rachel Tabachnick and I collaborated and concur.
Chip Berlet's discussion at Talk to Action of the definition of "dominionism" in the wake of the media controversy in 2011 remains useful.
My 2010 essay at Religion Dispatches sorted through the problems of usage in writing about religiously motivated violence. The discussion includes the terms "faith-based," "Christian militia," and "Islamic terrorism."
In light of misguided efforts to ban the use of the term “Alt-Right” in the wake of the 2016 elections, I wrote a post here at Talk to Action summarizing why the term is useful and some constructive approaches to how to define and use the term.
Books with Relevant Glossaries
The New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement by John Weaver. Published in 2016, it is one of the first serious academic treatments of NAR, and includes an extensive glossary of terms as well.
Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christian Right by Sara Diamond included a pioneering glossary in 1989 that remains useful today.
A Moment to Decide: The Crisis in Mainstream Presbyterianism by Lew Daly, published in 2000, is an investigative report on Christian Right "renewal" groups and their efforts to neutralize the Presbyterian Church USA. It also contains an extensive and still useful glossary.
If there are other relevant glossary and usage resources that I have not mentioned here -- please do tell us about them in the comments.
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