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The Fervent EmbraceLiberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel$
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Caitlin Carenen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741047

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741047.001.0001

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The Tide Turns, 1967–1973

The Tide Turns, 1967–1973

(p.133) 5 The Tide Turns, 1967–1973
The Fervent Embrace

Caitlin Carenen

NYU Press

This chapter describes a theological shift occurring in the late 1960s, wherein evangelicals and fundamentalists gradually dominated the landscape of American Protestantism. Disillusioned by the increasing loss of theological distinctions between most mainline denominations and their abandonment of orthodoxy in favor of modernity, American Protestants in the late 1960s began to establish their own churches. A move into the suburbs to newer homes and newer church buildings, coupled with a reactionary return to orthodoxy, had created this shift. This religious realignment had profound implications for American politics, and especially for U.S. foreign policy. The mainline American Protestants who had supported Israel for pragmatic and humanitarian reasons were increasingly replaced in numbers and influence by evangelical and fundamentalist Protestants who viewed Israel through an eschatological lens.

Keywords:   1960s, religious realignment, American politics, American Protestantism, evangelical Protestants, fundamentalist Protestants, U.S. foreign policy

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