Real Change News Interview!


Exploring the fundamentalist movement as a family affair

by Timothy Harris , Executive Director, Real Change (Seattle's Homeless

By telling his family’s history, local activist and writer Andrew Himes recounts the growth of evangelism in America

Moving from the North to the South as a child, Andrew Himes got to experience his family’s evangelical leanings firsthand. He interwove those experiences into his book “The Sword of the Lord,” part memoir, part religious history.

Andrew Himes is a Seattle writer/activist whose resume is as varied as it is long. Labor activist and revolutionary communist. Microsoft executive. Advanceman for the Dalai Lama. Poet. Documentary filmmaker. Founder of Voices Education Project, a Seattle nonprofit that promotes understanding and works to heal the effects of combat trauma. His recent book “The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family” traces his ancestors’ history as Scotch-Irish immigrants in the early 19th century through to his grandfather’s seminal role in the creation of the modern evangelical movement. Himes’ history, including his own struggles to reconcile his childhood ideals of Christianity as he came of age during the Civil Rights Movement, is the story of God and politics in America.