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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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God and Country

God and Country

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The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ways that the American Bible Society forged new relationships with evangelicals during the 1970s. Evangelicals during this period were becoming more active in the political sphere in the United States through the rise of Moral Majority and the fusion of evangelical faith with Republican politics in the Reagan era. The ABS realized that it needed to adjust its distribution strategies to meet the needs of these more vocal evangelicals. This era also included a renewed emphasis on the role of the United States as a “Christian nation” that included a celebration of America’s bicentennial in 1976. While all of this was going on, evangelical missionaries expressed growing concerns about the ABS relationship with Catholics and liberal Protestants.

Keywords:   Bible, patriotism, Dwight Eisenhower, year of the Bible, Christian nationalism, Evangelicalism, 1970s, 1980s

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