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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 Political and Religious Landscape Shifts, 1980–2008

The Political and Religious Landscape Shifts, 1980–2008

(p.189) 7 The Political and Religious Landscape Shifts, 1980–2008
The Fervent Embrace

Caitlin Carenen

NYU Press

This concluding chapter describes further changes in Jewish–Christian relations, as Americans abandoned their historical mainline denominations in the heart of the city and struck out to form new suburban evangelical churches with increasing emphasis on orthodox Protestant theology. Once considered marginal, these evangelicals would soon come to dominate the political and religious landscape at the turn of the twenty-first century. These politically powerful evangelical Protestants undertook their own theological innovations through a de-emphasis on end-of-times eschatology to focus more on the command to bless Israel in order to garner blessings for the United States. Thus, the politically pragmatic and humanitarian Zionism had been utterly replaced by a different Christian Zionism.

Keywords:   Jewish–Christian relations, mainline dominations, evangelicals, orthodox Protestant theology, Israel, Zionism

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