By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the past due Seventies, the recent Christian correct emerged as an impressive political strength, boldly asserting itself as a unified move representing the perspectives of a “moral majority.” yet that circulate didn't spring totally shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the Nineteen Sixties refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a only inflammatory backlash opposed to the cultural and political upheaval of the decade.
Bringing jointly clean study and leading edge interpretations, this ebook demonstrates that evangelicals really participated in broader American advancements in the course of “the lengthy 1960s,” that the evangelical constituency used to be extra varied than usually famous, and that the proposal of right-wing evangelical politics as a backlash was once 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 projects, and cultural modifications of the Nineteen Sixties proved major in its Nineteen Seventies political ascendance. Twelve essays that diversity thematically from the oil to criminal ministry and from American counterculture to the second one Vatican Council depict glossy evangelicalism either as a spiritual stream with its personal inner dynamics and as one totally built-in into basic American heritage.
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Schulman and Julian E. 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?
90. P For further discussion of contemporary Bible prophecy interpretations, see Paul Boyer, When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992); Boyer, “The Apocalyptic in the Twentieth Century,” in Fearful Hope: Approaching the New Millennium, ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Fannie J. LeMoice (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), 149–169; and Boyer, “Bible Prophecy and Foreign Policy,” in Quoting God: How Media Shape Ideas about Religion and Culture, ed.
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. Culturally, evangeli calism has crucially influenced the secular world, while at the same time modernity in its varied manifestations has impinged on the evangelical realm, sometimes in ways that make this subculture seem almost a mirror image of the larger world beyond.
American Evangelicals and the 1960s by Axel R. Schäfer