By Angela M. Lahr
In the early postwar weather of nuclear worry and anticommunism, the apocalyptic eschatology of premillennial dispensationalism embraced through many evangelicals meshed rather well with the "secular apocalyptic" temper of a society both fearful of the Bomb and of communism. She argues that the advance of the bomb, the production of the kingdom of Israel, and the Cuban Missile predicament mixed with evangelical end-times theology to form conservative evangelical political id and to steer secular perspectives. Millennial ideals encouraged evangelical interpretation of those occasions, time and again energized evangelical efforts, and helped evangelicals view themselves and be seen through others as a necessary and legit phase of yankee tradition, even if it raised its voice in sharp feedback of elements of that tradition. Conservative Protestants have been capable of reap the benefits of this case to carve out a brand new house for his or her lifestyle in the nationwide enviornment. The better legitimacy that evangelicals received within the early chilly warfare supplied the basis of a power-base within the nationwide political tradition that the spiritual correct could draw on within the past due seventies and early eighties. the end result, she demonstrates, used to be the alliance of spiritual and political conservatives that holds energy today.
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Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares: The Cold War Origins of Political Evangelicalism by Angela M. Lahr