An Age, Not a Subculture
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.
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