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By Axel R. Schäfer

In the past due Nineteen Seventies, the recent Christian correct emerged as an impressive political strength, boldly saying itself as a unified flow representing the perspectives of a "moral majority." yet that flow didn't spring totally shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the 1960s refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a simply 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 really participated in broader American advancements in the course of "the lengthy 1960s," that the evangelical constituency was once extra various 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 routine, public coverage projects, and cultural ameliorations of the Sixties proved major in its Nineteen 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 glossy evangelicalism either as a spiritual stream with its personal inner dynamics and as one totally built-in into common American history.

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