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Evil Deeds in High PlacesChristian America's Moral Struggle with Watergate$
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David E. Settje

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479803149

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479803149.001.0001

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The Church as Prophet versus Praying for Those in Authority

The Church as Prophet versus Praying for Those in Authority

(p.127) 4 The Church as Prophet versus Praying for Those in Authority
Evil Deeds in High Places

David E. Settje

NYU Press

After establishing Christian participation in Watergate by October 1973 to incorporate stronger morality in the political process, Protestants solidified recognizable positions, and their responses grew more urgent from November 1973 to April 1974. Chapter 4 describes how those already opposed to the president ramped up their attacks and were joined by the previously more cautious. Even conservatives, who long supported President Nixon, began to question the value of his leadership. They persisted with pietism and their support of him but more circumspectly, describing his sins as no greater or lesser than those of the average American. But too much unethical and illegal activity had come to light to ignore, and so conservatives altered their views more significantly than other Protestants. In doing so, their political activity became more pronounced and matched that of their liberal counterparts.

Keywords:   Protestants, Christians, unethical, President Nixon, morality, pietism, liberal, Watergate

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