By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the past due Nineteen 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 move didn't spring absolutely shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the Sixties refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a merely inflammatory backlash opposed to the cultural and political upheaval of the decade.
Bringing jointly clean examine and leading edge interpretations, this e-book 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 usually famous, and that the idea of right-wing evangelical politics as a backlash was once 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 pursuits, public coverage projects, and cultural variations of the Nineteen 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 smooth evangelicalism either as a spiritual circulate with its personal inner dynamics and as one absolutely built-in into normal American heritage.
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American Evangelicals and the 1960s by Axel R. Schäfer