Jamestown, N.Y. – Returned to the area after a prominent career at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, Dr. Glenn Utter is the speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s virtual service on Sunday, October 31, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
Utter’s message is “The Christian Right and Its Relation to Contemporary Science.”
This presentation will identify what constitutes the Christian Right and what are conservative Christians’ fundamental beliefs. Christian Right organizations, leaders, and individuals have disputed the results of scientific investigation in a number of areas. Reasons why (mostly white) conservative Christians oppose scientific endeavors, such as the work of climate scientists and the efforts of scientists to combat COVID 19, will be suggested, and various arguments used by the Christian Right in opposing mainline scientific findings will be explored.
Utter is a distinguished professor emeritus at Lamar University, where he was a member of the Political Science Department that he chaired from 1992 to 2011. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was born and raised in Jamestown and graduated from Jamestown Community College. Utter is the author, co-author, and editor of several books, including The Religious Right and American Politics (2019), Youth and Political Participation (2011), and The Gun Debate: An Encyclopedia of Gun Rights and Gun Control (2016).
Because of COVID-19 concerns, UUCJ Sunday services are remaining virtual instead of returning to 1255 Prendergast Avenue. Anyone is welcome to participate by emailing UUJamestown@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link for the 10:30 a.m. service. The link is available on the website at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to promote and provide a community where diverse people of all ages may explore the meaning of existence, give expression to liberal religious values, and work for a just, sustainable society.