Today’s religious right often seems caught up in the throes of gun worship… how did it get this way? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Joseph Slaughter, associate director of the Center for the Study of Guns and Society, to explore how god and guns go together in U.S. history.
Joseph Slaughter’s research and teaching focuses on how religious movements and businesses have shaped American capitalism. His current book project, Faith in Markets (Columbia University Press), demonstrates how religious identities in the United States’ early decades influenced economic decision-making, leading to the formation of distinct visions of the emerging American capitalist system. His work also explores how religion shaped the way indigenous peoples and early American colonists approached warfare, and his current research focues on the religious lives of 19th century U. S. firearm manufacturers.