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The Evangelicals : the struggle to shape America

by FitzGerald, Frances, 1940- (Author)

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Initially a populist rebellion against the established Protestant churches, evangelicalism became the dominant religious force in the country before the Civil War, but the northerners and southerners split over the issue of slavery. After the Civil War, the northern evangelicals split, eventually ca... Full description

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Summary: Initially a populist rebellion against the established Protestant churches, evangelicalism became the dominant religious force in the country before the Civil War, but the northerners and southerners split over the issue of slavery. After the Civil War, the northern evangelicals split, eventually causing a conflict between fundamentalists and modernists. Only after the Second World War would conservative evangelicalism gain momentum, thanks in large part to Billy Graham's countrywide revivals. FitzGerald shows how the conflict between religious conservatives and others led to national culture wars and a Southern Republican stronghold, and how a new generation of evangelicals is challenging the Christian right by preaching social justice and the common good. FitzGerald suggests that because evangelicals are splintering, America, the most religious of developed nations, will eventually look more like secular Europe. --
Physical Description: ix, 740 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 701-710) and index.
ISBN: 9781439131336
1439131333
9781439131343
1439131341
Author Notes: Frances FitzGerald lives in New York.


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