By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the overdue Nineteen Seventies, the recent Christian correct emerged as a powerful political strength, boldly saying itself as a unified circulate representing the perspectives of a “moral majority.” yet that circulation didn't spring absolutely shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the Sixties refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a in simple terms 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 really participated in broader American advancements in the course of “the lengthy 1960s,” that the evangelical constituency was once extra assorted than frequently famous, and that the inspiration 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 pursuits, public coverage tasks, and cultural modifications of the Sixties proved major in its Seventies political ascendance. Twelve essays that diversity thematically from the oil to felony 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 common American background.
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Roosevelt’s New Deal, Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty. To be sure, considerable evidence supports such a link. Politicized evangelicalism was, and remains, real and powerful. Falwell’s Moral Majority, founded in consultation with Republican party opera tives, mobilized evangelicals politically by stressing “pro-life, pro-family, pro-moral, and pro-American” themes they found particularly resonant.
Frances Schaeffer, How Shall We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture (Old Tappen, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1976); Walter H. Capps, The New Religious Right: Piety, Patriotism, and Politics (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1990) discusses Schaeffer’s influence in chap. 3, 58–88. , God’s Empire: William Bell Riley and Midwestern Fundamentalism (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990); Randall J. Stevens, The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008); Paul S.
29 Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church of Anaheim, California, with twenty thousand members, its mall-like campus sprawling over 120 acres, led the way in adopting Drucker’s organizational strategies. 30 In short, to understand contemporary evangelicalism, one must look not only at beliefs and voting patterns but at the social function of actual churches, whether small fellowships or megachurches, with their intricate webs of interest groups that offer personal ties and emotional support.