The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

By | June 22, 2019
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America Author Frances FitzGerald
ISBN-10 1439131333
ISBN-13 9781439131336
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 752
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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A page turnerWe have long needed a fair minded overview of this vitally important religious sensibility and FitzGerald has now provided it The New York Times Book Review Massively learned and electrifyingmagisterial The Christian Science Monitor This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in Americafrom the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election The evangelical movement began in the revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries known in America as the Great Awakenings A populist rebellion against the established churches it became the dominant religious force in the country During the nineteenth century white evangelicals split apart dramatically first North versus South and then at the end of the century modernist versus fundamentalist After World War II Billy Graham the revivalist preacher attracted enormous crowds and tried to gather all Protestants under his big tent but the civil rights movement and the social revolution of the sixties drove them apart again By the 1980s Jerry Falwell and other southern televangelists such as Pat Robertson had formed the Christian right Protesting abortion and gay rights they led the South into the Republican Party and for thirty five years they were the sole voice of evangelicals to be heard nationally Eventually a younger generation of leaders protested the Christian rights close ties with the Republican Party and proposed a broader agenda of issues such as climate change gender equality and immigration reform Evangelicals have in many ways defined the nation They have shaped our culture and our politics Frances FitGeralds narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history piecing together the centuries long story for the first time Evangelicals now constitute twenty five percent of the American population but they are no longer monolithic in their politics They range from Tea Party supporters to social reformers Still with the decline of religious faith generally FitzGerald suggests that evangelical churches must embrace ethnic minorities if they are to survive

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