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Sacred SubdivisionsThe Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism$
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Justin Wilford

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814725351

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814725351.001.0001

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Purpose Driven Politics

Purpose Driven Politics

The Saddleback Civil Forum and the New Civility of Evangelism

(p.135) 7 Purpose Driven Politics
Sacred Subdivisions

Justin G. Wilford

NYU Press

This chapter explores how the Warren and Saddleback Churches effortlessly incorporate supralocal structures, interests, symbols, and narratives without using them in the service of supralocal ambitions. Saddleback's politics are not political at all. Events such as the “Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency,” in which Barack Obama and John McCain appeared together in the 2008 presidential campaign, are rather elaborate performances meant to retell secular stories in a religious key, and religious stories in a secular key. The desired result for Saddleback and Warren is not some Falwellian desecularization—a more Christian American government—but rather an increase in saved souls in south Orange County.

Keywords:   Warren Church, Saddleback Church, Saddleback's politics, Falwellian desecularization, Christian American government

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