By Axel R. Schäfer
Within the overdue Seventies, the recent Christian correct emerged as a powerful political strength, boldly saying itself as a unified move representing the perspectives of a 'moral majority' yet that move 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 last decade. Bringing jointly clean examine and cutting edge interpretations, this e-book demonstrates that evangelicals truly participated in broader American advancements in the course of 'the lengthy Sixties' that the evangelical constituency was once extra various than frequently famous, and that the proposal of right-wing evangelical politics as a backlash used to be 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 pursuits, public coverage tasks, and cultural modifications of the Nineteen Sixties proved major in its Seventies political ascendance. Twelve essays that diversity thematically from the oil to criminal ministry and from American counterculture to the second one Vatican Council depict smooth evangelicalism either as a non secular circulate with its personal inner dynamics and as one totally built-in into basic American heritage.
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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.
And Johnny Cash’s haunting “The Man Comes Around” (2002). Spotting the profit potential of the evangelical market, multinational publishers and record companies acted accordingly. Scott Foresman acquired Fleming H. Revell (founded by Dwight L. Moody’s brother-in-law) in 1978. Zondervan (Hal Lindsey’s original publisher), with $106 million in annual sales, was acquired by HarperCollins (a part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire) in 1988. Random House, a division of the German publishing conglomerate Bertelsmann, acquired the evangelical publisher Multnomah in 2006.
Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, Markus Hünemörder, and Meike Zwingenberger (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006), 51–68, esp. 57. 32. According to a 2011 survey, 62 percent of evangelical leaders embrace pre millennialism. “Evangelical Leaders Survey,” NAE Insight, Spring 2011, 3. 36 E back to the future 33. D. 90. P For further discussion of contemporary Bible prophecy interpretations, see Paul Boyer, When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992); Boyer, “The Apocalyptic in the Twentieth Century,” in Fearful Hope: Approaching the New Millennium, ed.