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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.

The Great Jesus Rally in Dal­las,” Life, June 30, 1972; ­Schäfer, Counter­cul­tu­ral Con­ser­va­tives; Ro­nald M. En­roth, Ed­ward E. , and C. Breck­in­ridge Pe­ters, The Jesus Peo­ple: ­Old-Time Re­li­gion in the Age of Aquar­ius (Grand Rap­ids, MI: Eerd­mans, 1972); Rob­ert S. com; Nich­ols, Jesus Made in Amer­ica, 122–145; Rob­ert Glenn Ho­ward, Dig­i­tal Jesus: The Mak­ing of a New Chris­tian Fun­da­men­tal­ist Com­mu­nity on the Inter­net (New York: New York Uni­ver­sity Press, 2011). 27.

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