Valerie Tarico, who conducted this interview in early May, is host for Moral Politics, produced by Bill Alford for SCAN-TV. Himes is author of The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family. Andrew Himes: "My core motivation for researching and writing the book was to understand the roots of fundamentalism -- and how my own life fit into that story. So I started with my earliest ancestor whose name I knew, a farmer named John Rice who fought in the Revolutionary War, and then learned and retold the larger story of fundamentalism through the lens of my family's experience and my own life. So every chapter begins with an anecdote from my life, and then steps through over two centuries of history."