This talk details how our fake news world has one important source in the Christian fundamentalism of the early 20th century. For more information: http://religiondispatches.org/the-religious-origins-of-fake-news-and-alternative-facts/
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Douglas from the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Victoria
Christopher Douglas taught at Furman University in South Carolina for five years before coming to the University of Victoria in 2004. He teaches American literature, particularly contemporary American fiction, religion and literature, the Bible as literature, multicultural American literature, and postmodernism.
Dr. Douglas's primary research interests include the contemporary religious imagination in American literature. His current research is on the problems of suffering and evil in contemporary American novels – both serious literary fiction and evangelical fiction. Recent publications include “This Is The Shack That Job Built: Theodicy and Polytheism in William Paul Young’s Evangelical Bestseller” in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and guest-editing a special issue of Christianity & Literature on “Literature of / about the Christian Right.” This project is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant.