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By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the overdue Nineteen Seventies, the recent Christian correct emerged as an impressive political strength, boldly asserting itself as a unified stream representing the perspectives of a “moral majority.” yet that circulation didn't spring absolutely shaped from its predecessors. American Evangelicals and the Nineteen Sixties refutes the thesis that evangelical politics have been a in basic terms inflammatory backlash opposed to the cultural and political upheaval of the decade.
Bringing jointly clean study and cutting edge interpretations, this e-book demonstrates that evangelicals really participated in broader American advancements in the course of “the lengthy 1960s,” that the evangelical constituency was once extra different than frequently 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 events, public coverage tasks, and cultural modifications of the Nineteen Sixties proved major in its Nineteen 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 stream with its personal inner dynamics and as one totally built-in into common American heritage.
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Like McDonalds, Starbucks, and Burger King, both movements expanded rapidly. By 2010, the Calvary Chapel and Vineyard Christian Fellowship organizations each boasted more than fifteen hundred churches worldwide. 27 The evangelical movement’s symbiotic relationship with the larger culture is evident, too, in the rise of independent megachurches (defined as churches with two thousand or more members), replicating the rise of Wal-Mart and other big-box outlets.
D. (1996) cited rising environmental dangers as the major prophetic fulfillments of the preceding quarter century. com. The Left Behind series, marketed globally with multiple translations, generated a dizzying array of spin-off products, from a junior version, Left Behind for Kids, to “Ask Me How to Avoid Being Left Behind” coffee mugs. ) The Christian bookstore industry, with stores in shopping malls across America, similarly adopted contemporary marketing techniques, with attractive, well-stocked stores offering glossy paperbacks, CDs, videos, greeting cards, jewelry, T-shirts, and religiously themed home-décor items b arely distinguish able from what one might find in any gift shop.
R. 24 This selective appropriation continues. Indeed, in many respects post-1960s evangelicalism mirrored the larger culture, adapting themes, technologies, and institutional forms for its own purposes. Instances abound. Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) adopted contemporary formats, such as Robertson’s flagship “700 Club,” an Oprah-like talk show featuring evangeli cal writers, politicians, and celebrities. . 25 The early 1970s “Jesus Movement” cloned the 1960s counterculture.
American Evangelicals and the 1960s by Axel R. Schäfer