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By Axel R. Schäfer

In the overdue Nineteen Seventies, the hot Christian correct emerged as an impressive political strength, boldly saying itself as a unified move representing the perspectives of a "moral majority." yet that circulation didn't spring totally shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the 1960s refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a only inflammatory backlash opposed to the cultural and political upheaval of the decade.

            Bringing jointly clean study and leading edge interpretations, this publication demonstrates that evangelicals really participated in broader American advancements in the course of "the lengthy 1960s," that the evangelical constituency used to be extra varied 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 activities, public coverage tasks, and cultural modifications of the Nineteen Sixties proved major in its Seventies political ascendance. Twelve essays that variety thematically from the oil to felony ministry and from American counterculture to the second one Vatican Council depict smooth evangelicalism either as a spiritual flow with its personal inner dynamics and as one absolutely built-in into common American history.

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