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The Age of EvangelicalismAmerica's Born-Again Years$
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Steven P. Miller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199777952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777952.001.0001

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An Age, Not a Subculture

(p.3) Introduction
The Age of Evangelicalism

Steven P. Miller

Oxford University Press

A two-part “evangelical problem” has persisted in American society. Many Americans have not acknowledged the full impact of born-again Protestantism on their society, or they have held a one-dimensional interpretation of it. Many self-described evangelicals, in turn, have not conceded their status as something other than an oppressed or marginalized minority. These viewpoints assume that evangelicalism is a narrow lane, either to be avoided or hogged. The way through this impasse is to widen the road, treating them as part of a larger story about how and why evangelicalism mattered in recent American history. Such was the nature of evangelicalism's impact on recent American culture and politics: It was pervasive enough that no one expression of evangelicalism could lay sole claim to it and it involved more than just avowed born-again Christians.

Keywords:   evangelicalism, “evangelical problem”, born-again, Protestantism

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