By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the overdue Seventies, the hot Christian correct emerged as a powerful political strength, boldly saying 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 in simple terms inflammatory backlash opposed to the cultural and political upheaval of the decade.
Bringing jointly clean learn 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 used to be extra assorted than usually famous, and that the proposal of right-wing evangelical politics as a backlash was once 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 activities, public coverage tasks, and cultural adjustments of the Nineteen Sixties proved major in its Nineteen Seventies political ascendance. Twelve essays that diversity thematically from the oil to legal ministry and from American counterculture to the second one Vatican Council depict smooth evangelicalism either as a spiritual move with its personal inner dynamics and as one totally built-in into common American historical past.
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The popularity of Aimee Semple McPherson’s Angeles Temple in Los Angeles and the spread of Pentecostalism in these years; Billy Sunday’s revivals; the large audiences attracted by Paul Rader’s Chicago-based “National Radio Chapel” in the 1920s; and Charles E. Fuller’s “Old Fashioned Revival Hour” on the Mutual Broadcasting System beginning in 1937 all suggest evangelicalism’s continuing vitality. 10 Boyer / Contemporary Evangelicalism in Perspective E 21 Apart from the flamboyant Sunday and McPherson and the charismatic Graham, evangelicals remained mostly under the cultural radar in these years.
Edu/definingevangelicalism/how-many-evangelicals-are-there? (Gallup Poll data). Eskridge is associate director of Wheaton College’s Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. All the websites cited in this chapter were accessed in June 2011. William Warren Sweet, Methodism in American History (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1954); Henry P. ” See Hollinger, “After Cloven Tongues of Fire,” 29, fn. 18. 4. Will Herberg, Protestant, Catholic, Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1955); William H.
The banker J. P. Morgan spoke at his memorial service. A lifelong political conservative, Dodge was a delegate to the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln. Boyer / Contemporary Evangelicalism in Perspective E 23 A devout Presbyterian and city missionary in his youth, Dodge supported and helped found many moral and religious organizations in addition to the Evangelical Alliance, including Bible and tract societies, the National Temper ance Society, and Anthony Comstock’s New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.