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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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Left, Right, Born Again

Left, Right, Born Again

(p.32) 2 Left, Right, Born Again
The Age of Evangelicalism

Steven P. Miller

Oxford University Press

During the evangelical Seventies, born-again politics flourished—most famously in the presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter. Yet Carter was just one of many evangelical political stories in the decade. The evangelical left competed with the much larger evangelical right to shape the meaning of born-again politics in the last quarter of the twentieth century and beyond. Progressive evangelicals, such as Ron Sider, thought time was on their side. Meanwhile, moderate evangelical politicians—such as John Anderson and Mark Hatfield—gained prominence. Carter rode this momentum into office. His most vocal critics turned out to be evangelicals themselves. Evangelical thinker Francis Schaeffer revealed how the evangelical left's simmering kettle became the Christian Right's roiling pot. By the close of the 1970s, evangelical faith rested on the fault line of American political culture. As a result, politics became the dominant lens through which a generation of Americans encountered and evaluated born-again Christianity

Keywords:   Jimmy Carter, evangelical left, evangelical right, Ron Sider, John Anderson, Mark Hatfield, Francis Schaeffer, Christian Right

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