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By Axel R. Schäfer

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

Bringing jointly clean study and leading edge interpretations, this booklet demonstrates that evangelicals truly 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 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 differences 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 non secular circulate with its personal inner dynamics and as one absolutely built-in into common American background.

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26. “The Great Jesus Rally in Dal­las,” Life, June 30, 1972; ­Schäfer, Counter­cul­tu­ral Con­ser­va­tives; Ro­nald M. En­roth, Ed­ward E. , and C. Breck­in­ridge Pe­ters, The Jesus Peo­ple: ­Old-Time Re­li­gion in the Age of Aquar­ius (Grand Rap­ids, MI: Eerd­mans, 1972); Rob­ert S. com; Nich­ols, Jesus Made in Amer­ica, 122–145; Rob­ert Glenn Ho­ward, Dig­i­tal Jesus: The Mak­ing of a New Chris­tian Fun­da­men­tal­ist Com­mu­nity on the Inter­net (New York: New York Uni­ver­sity Press, 2011).

In­deed, com­mon sense cau­tions us that any gen­er­al­iza­tions en­com­pass­ing mil­lions of ­Americans over ex­tended time pe­ri­ods ­should be ­viewed with skep­ti­cism. If blan­ket as­sump­tions about ear­lier ­evangelicals’ po­lit­i­cal and so­cial views prove un­re­li­able, this re­mains true for the most re­cent ev­an­gel­i­cal re­sur­gence, as Axel R. 18 ­African ­A merican ev­a n­g el­i c­ als, a sig­n if­i ­c ant sub­g roup, gen­e r­a lly re­t ained their 24 E back to the future Dem­o­cratic loy­al­ties dat­ing to the New Deal.

7 bil­lion in 2004 (even while re­main­ing ­closed on Sun­day). The ­company’s “first pri­or­ity,” said ­founder S. ­Truett Cathy, “has never been just to serve ­chicken. ”37 Elvis ­Presley’s album of ev­an­gel­i­cal fa­vor­ites, How Great Thou Art (RCA Vic­tor, 1967), fea­tured ­Presley pos­ing in front of a ­church. Hol­ly­wood films like The Omen (1976), The Rap­ture (1991), and Me­giddo (2001) re­flected the wide­spread ev­an­gel­i­cal inter­est in Bible proph­ecy, as did such songs as Barry ­McGuire’s “Eve of De­struc­tion” (1965); David ­Bowie’s “[We’ve Got] Five Years” (1972); Bob ­Dylan’s “When He Re­turns” (1979), a prod­uct of his ev­an­ gel­i­cal phase; Al­i­son ­Krauss’s “I’ll Fly Away” (from the sound­track of the 2000 film O ­Brother, Where Art Thou?

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