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By Axel R. Schäfer

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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.

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