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The New Evangelical Social Engagement$
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Brian Steensland and Philip Goff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329533.001.0001

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Evangelicals of the 1970s and 2010s

Evangelicals of the 1970s and 2010s

What’s the Same, What’s Different, and What’s Urgent

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(p.280) 13 Evangelicals of the 1970s and 2010s
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The New Evangelical Social Engagement
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R. Stephen Warner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329533.003.0013

Drawing primarily on two sources–my own work on new evangelicals of the 1970s and on the research reported in this volume–I reflect as a sociologist on continuities and differences between the two moments, both periods of renewal and refreshment. A winsome symbol of continuity between the two moments is their commitment to communal devotion. More problematic aspects of evangelical continuity are insistence on “distinction” from aspects of the cultural environment that are perceived to be polluting and a particular form of cultural captivity. The major difference is that many of the 1970s-era new evangelicals were new converts to evangelicalism, whereas those of the 2000s were brought up as evangelicals. Separating the two moments in time and spirit was the thirty-year alliance of American evangelicalism with the Republican Party, an alliance that the twenty-first-century activists explicitly distance themselves from. I challenge these new activists not to conflate partisan de-alignment with political disengagement and argue that they must work politically as well as theologically toward repairing the damage done to American public life–the political system, civil society, and the church–by the power given to the Republican party by the votes of the “Christian Right.”

Keywords:   Evangelicals, 1970s, Politics, Religious right, Disengagement

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