By Axel R. Schäfer
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?
American Evangelicals and the 1960s by Axel R. Schäfer