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Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.001.0001

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Religious Roots of New Left Radicalism

Religious Roots of New Left Radicalism

(p.183) 8 Religious Roots of New Left Radicalism
Religion and Progressive Activism

Joshua Z. Gahr

Michael P. Young

NYU Press

Joshua Z. Gahr and Michael P. Young’s chapter provides a historical analysis of the somewhat counterintuitive, yet central, role that Protestant institutions played in the emergence of the new Left. Through a case study of the Christian Faith-and-Life Community at the University of Texas at Austin from 1955 to 1962, the chapter documents how a group of liberal Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist clergy pushed university students to reconceive the Church’s “mission-in-the-world” and their personal witness to this mission in ways that unleashed a moral “breakthrough.”

Keywords:   Protestant, new Left, Christian Faith-and-Life Community, University of Texas at Austin, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Mission

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