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4.0 out of 5 stars From William McKinley to George Bush - Methodism and Politics, September 26, 2012
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The book opens with a look at William McKinley, a very pious and dedicated Methodist. McKinley is extremely popular among Methodists and evangelicals, almost the ideal Christian president. It moves from his death to the triumph of political activism of the Methodists with the passing of women's suffrage and prohibition and the utter respect given to the leading Methodist bishops by presidents and government officials. Basically, the Methodists saw political activism as the part of the gospel and they were very successful.

However, after the 50s and 60s, the nation changed, as did Methodist theology. Liberal instead of evangelical, the Methodists increasingly raged against politicians for not being progressive enough. The last president to address the bishops a body was LBJ in 1966. Their membership and influence in decline, the century ended with another Methodist in office, George W. Bush, who couldn't have been more unpopular or at odds with the Methodist leadership's social policies.

It is an enlightening story of what happens when you make political activism an essential part of the gospel.
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