By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the past due Nineteen Seventies, the hot Christian correct emerged as an impressive political strength, boldly saying itself as a unified circulation representing the perspectives of a “moral majority.” yet that circulate didn't spring absolutely shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the Nineteen Sixties refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a simply inflammatory backlash opposed to the cultural and political upheaval of the decade.
Bringing jointly clean study and cutting edge interpretations, this booklet demonstrates that evangelicals truly participated in broader American advancements in the course of “the lengthy 1960s,” that the evangelical constituency was once extra varied than frequently famous, and that the proposal of right-wing evangelical politics as a backlash used to be a later construction serving the pursuits of either Republican-conservative alliances and their critics. Evangelicalism’s involvement with—rather than its response against—the major social routine, public coverage tasks, and cultural ameliorations of the Nineteen Sixties proved major in its Seventies political ascendance. Twelve essays that variety thematically from the oil to felony ministry and from American counterculture to the second one Vatican Council depict smooth evangelicalism either as a spiritual circulate with its personal inner dynamics and as one totally built-in into normal American historical past.
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Zelizer (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008), 32. 11. org/content/together-again-ralph-reed-and-pat-robertson-reminisce. 12. com/erlc/richard_land/; “For a Trusty Voting Bloc, a Faith Shaken,”New York Times, October 7, 2007, 1 (Vision America); Boyer, “The Evangelical Resurgence in 1970s American Protestantism,” 44–47. 13. html. For the state-level influence of evangelical voters and lobbyists, see John C. Green, Mark J. , The Christian Right in American Politics: Marching to the Millennium (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003), and, by the same editors and publisher, The Values Campaign?
Clearly it is both, again underscoring the complex interaction of evangelical religious belief and modern American mass culture. American history is incomprehensible without close attention to evangeli calism. From the early nineteenth century on, the beliefs and actions of Biblebelieving Protestants have influenced American culture and politics, and this remained true in the post-1960s evangelical upsurge. But evangelicalism’s relationship to American culture and politics is complex.
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