By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the overdue Nineteen Seventies, the recent Christian correct emerged as an impressive political strength, boldly asserting itself as a unified circulation representing the perspectives of a “moral majority.” yet that stream didn't spring absolutely shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the 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 learn and cutting 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 different than frequently famous, and that the suggestion 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 projects, and cultural adjustments of the Sixties proved major in its Seventies political ascendance. Twelve essays that variety thematically from the oil to legal ministry and from American counterculture to the second one Vatican Council depict sleek evangelicalism either as a spiritual move with its personal inner dynamics and as one absolutely built-in into basic American background.
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Stevens, The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008); Paul S. Boyer, “The Evangelical Resurgence in 1970s American Protestantism,” in Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, ed. Bruce J. 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.
Dodge in emulation of an earlier British initiative, promoted temperance, urban evangel ism among Catholic immigrants, and other reforms. In fact, Dodge (1805–93) offers an interesting prototype of the blend of evangelical piety, Republican politics, and moral reform sometimes assumed to be unique to the late twentieth century. A merchant, railroad investor, timber baron, and founder of the Phelps Dodge mining company, he became one of the era’s richest capitalists, leaving an estate (after massive philanthropies in his lifetime) estimated at $6 million, around $140 million in current buying power.
David S. Reynolds, Mightier than the Sword: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the Battle for America (New York: W. W. , 2011); Robert H. Abzug, Passionate Liberator: Theodore Dwight Weld and the Dilemma of Reform (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980). For a broader perspective see Abzug, Cosmos Crumbling: American Reform and the Religious Imagination (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994). One should note that in the early nineteenth century, before the challenges of Darwinism and critical biblical scholarship, the term “evangelical” encompassed a broad range of Protestants.