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Republican TheologyThe Civil Religion of American Evangelicals$
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Benjamin T. Lynerd

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363551.001.0001

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American Evangelicals as Lockeans

American Evangelicals as Lockeans

(p.17) 1 American Evangelicals as Lockeans
Republican Theology

Benjamin T. Lynerd

Oxford University Press

Before unfolding republican theology and its story, some preliminary discussions will need to set the stage. In particular, the project needs to situate the evangelical community as a stable but autonomous constituent of the American right wing, a task that demands a clear description of these various species. This opening chapter offers a portrait of American evangelicals as a religious community as well as a portrait of the New Right flank in America, along with evidence of their present alignment on an ideology of conservatism. The chapter also presents an overview of the long and continuing tradition of moral activism that would appear to undercut evangelicals’ alliance with libertarians. The chapter concludes by considering the variables that withstand this tension, all of which point to a unique political theology among American evangelicals that seeks to reconcile these apparently contrary aims.

Keywords:   American evangelicals, conservatism, libertarians, The New Right

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