From 2007 through 2008, I was hired by Baylor University and Oxford University Press to provide coverage for the new book America’s Four Gods, which was published today and written by Christopher Bader and Paul Froese. Today the book is featured on the home page of USA Today and on ABC World News Tonight on October 7. My photos were published in the book.
Below are photos from three locations around the United States.
The authors of America’s Four Gods interviewed a number of religious groups to provide context and examples for the authors' portraits of how worshipers personify their Gods. The book, using extensive interviews and survey data, argues that, according to USA Today, “the way we [personify our] God reveals our attitudes on economics, justice, social morality, war, natural disasters, science, politics, love and more.”
Portraits include the Benevolent God, the Critical God, the Distant God and the Authoritative God. The latter portrait applies to the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka led by Fred Phelps. To see more about my day at WBC, see my blog post which includes updated information from 2013 regarding the church's young heir-apparent, Megan Phelps, and how she has left the church and expressed regret for her actions.
I took photographs in three locations for the book America's Four Gods:
1. Directly below are photographs from my days at the historic Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia led by Herbert Lusk (pictured below in a portrait).
2. Down the page are photos from my time at the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas. Just scroll down a ways.
3. See photos from my two days at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka in a separate post.
All photos are copyrighted by Nigel Euling and may not be reproduced or used elsewhere without express permission. Just ask.
1. GREATER EXODUS BAPTIST CHURCH, PHILADELPHIA
Herbert Lusk. (© Nigel Euling)
2. CREATION EVIDENCE MUSEUM, GLEN ROSE TEXAS
In 2008 I traveled with the author of America's Four Gods, Chris Bader, to photograph Carl Baugh's Creation Evidence Museum, which at the time was being rebuilt as a larger building. Baugh disputes modern evolutionary theory by displaying evidence he says demonstrates, among other things, that humans lived contemporaneously with dinosaurs.
Carl Baugh with what he says is a human footprint found among dinosaur footprints. (© Nigel Euling)
Carl Baugh walking outside his museum which was under construction
3. WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH LED BY FRED PHELPS
See more photos from my separate post about my two days at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka.