In his exploration of the interaction between religion and worldwide social and cultural change, the author examines the major theories of global change and discusses the ways in which such change impinges on contemporary religious practice, meaning and influence. Beyer explores some of the key issues in understanding the shape of religion today, including religion as culture and as social system, pure and applied religion, privatized and publicly influential religion, and liberal versus conservative religions. He goes on to apply these issues to five contemporary illustrative cases: the American Christian Right; Liberation Theology movements in Latin America; the Islamic Revolution in Iran; Zionists in Israel; and religiou
Chapter 5: The New Christian Right in the United States
The New Christian Right in the United States
In the late 1970s and throughout much of the 1980s, Americans witnessed the rise to public prominence of a conservative religio-political movement often called the New Christian Right (NCR). With its roots in American evangelical Protestantism, the movement captured widespread media attention and may well have had a significant impact on the course of American politics during the last decade. Pat Robertson, one of the leaders of this movement, made an ultimately unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination for the 1988 presidential election. In 1986, as yet undefeated, he wrote that
Great segments of the American electorate are awaking to a new sense of patriotism and political concern. Led by ...