American Evangelicals and the 1960s by Axel R. Schäfer

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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American Evangelicals and the 1960s

Within the overdue Seventies, the hot Christian correct emerged as a powerful political strength, boldly saying itself as a unified flow representing the perspectives of a “moral majority. ” yet that stream didn't spring absolutely shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the Nineteen Sixties refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a basically inflammatory backlash opposed to the cultural and political upheaval of the last decade.

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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.

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