By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the past due Seventies, the recent Christian correct emerged as a powerful political strength, boldly saying itself as a unified move representing the perspectives of a “moral majority.” yet that stream didn't spring totally shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the Nineteen Sixties refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a merely inflammatory backlash opposed to the cultural and political upheaval of the decade.
Bringing jointly clean examine and leading edge interpretations, this e-book demonstrates that evangelicals truly participated in broader American advancements in the course of “the lengthy 1960s,” that the evangelical constituency used to be extra different than usually famous, and that the idea of right-wing evangelical politics as a backlash used to be a later production 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 projects, and cultural adjustments of the 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 sleek evangelicalism either as a non secular move with its personal inner dynamics and as one absolutely built-in into normal American heritage.
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In Holy Ignorance: When Religion and Culture Part Ways (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), the French sociologist Olivier Roy contends that the contemporary fundamentalist upsurge is actually a response to long-term secularization trends. 8. Paul S. Boyer, Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age, 2nd ed. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002), chap. 10, esp. 306– 310, on the Obscenity and Pornography Commission.
At the polls, while many white evangelicals embraced Reagan and George W. Bush, significant minorities consistently did not. 22 That evangelicalism cannot be conflated with the so-called New Religious Right was underscored by sociologist Alan Wolfe in One Nation After All (1998), a report on the “Middle Class Morality Project” in which Wolfe and colleagues conducted in-depth interviews with a representative sampling of two hundred middle-class Americans, including many evangelicals.
Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, Markus Hünemörder, and Meike Zwingenberger (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006), 51–68, esp. 57. 32. According to a 2011 survey, 62 percent of evangelical leaders embrace pre millennialism. “Evangelical Leaders Survey,” NAE Insight, Spring 2011, 3. 36 E back to the future 33. D. 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.
American Evangelicals and the 1960s by Axel R. Schäfer