American Evangelicals And The 1960s

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EditorAxel R. Schäfer

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In the late 1970s, the New Christian Right emerged as a formidable political force, boldly announcing itself as a unified movement representing the views of a "moral majority." But that movement did not spring fully formed from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the 1960s refutes the thesis that evangelical politics were a purely inflammatory backlash against the cultural and political upheaval of the decade.
            Bringing together fresh research and innovative interpretations, this book demonstrates that evangelicals actually participated in broader American developments during "the long 1960s," that the evangelical constituency was more diverse than often noted, and that the notion of right-wing evangelical politics as a backlash was a later creation serving the interests of both Republican-conservative alliances and their critics. Evangelicalism's involvement with—rather than its reaction against—the main social movements, public policy initiatives, and cultural transformations of the 1960s proved significant in its 1970s political ascendance. Twelve essays that range thematically from the oil industry to prison ministry and from American counterculture to the Second Vatican Council depict modern evangelicalism both as a religious movement with its own internal dynamics and as one fully integrated into general American history.

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In the late 1970s, the New Christian Right emerged as a formidable political force, boldly announcing itself as a unified movement representing the views of a "moral majority." But that movement did not spring fully formed from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the 1960s refutes the thesis that evangelical politics were a pur...

Axel R. Schäfer is director of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies at Keele University in the United Kingdom. He is author of Countercultural Conservatives: American Evangelicalism from the Postwar Revival to the New Christian Right and of Piety and Public Funding: Evangelicals and the State in Modern America.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 23, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Evangelicals and the Sixties: Revisiting the "Backlash"
Axel R. Schäfer
1 Back to the Future: Contemporary American Evangelicalism in Cultural and Historical Perspective
Paul S. Boyer
 
Part I: Talkin <_27_27_>bout a Revolution? Evangelicals in 1960s Society and Culture
2 Prairie Fire: The New Evangelicalism and the Politics of Oil, Money, and Moral Geography
Darren Dochuk
3 A Revolutionary Mission: Young Evangelicals and the Language of the Sixties
Eileen Luhr
4 The Persistence of Antiliberalism: Evangelicals and the Race Problem
Steven P. Miller
5 Sex and the Evangelicals: Gender Issues, the Sexual Revolution, and Abortion in the 1960s
Daniel K. Williams
 
Part II: Raging against Leviathan? Evangelicals and the Liberal State
6 Attica, Watergate, and the Origin of Evangelical Prison Ministry, 1969–1975
Kendrick Oliver
7 Making Lemonade from Lemon: Evangelicals, the Supreme Court, and the Constitutionality of School Aid
Emma Long
8 The Great Society, Evangelicals, and the Public Funding of Religious Agencies
Axel R. Schäfer
9 Tempered by the Fires of War: Vietnam and the Transformation of the Evangelical Worldview
Andrew Preston
 
Part III: Taking It to the Streets? New Perspectives on Evangelical Mobilization
10 The Evangelical Left and the Move from Personal to Corporate Responsibility
David R. Swartz
11 "The Harvest Is Ripe": American Evangelicals in European Missions, 1950–1980
Hans Krabbendam
12 "A Saga of Sacrilege": Evangelicals Respond to the Second Vatican Council
Neil J. Young
 
Contributors
Index

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“A remarkably robust collection. . . . These authors take evangelicals seriously . . . as integral components of American society.”—Journal of American History