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From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism Hardcover – July 7, 2011
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"Modern evangelicalism, because of its many parts and persuasions, has been said to resemble a mosaic or even a kaleidoscope. In this timely book D. G. Hart gives a thorough overview of this mosaic, looking closely at contemporary evangelicals' political engagement in recent history. While much of evangelicalism has been seen as politically conservative, Hart makes an intriguing case that it has been so in an insufficient fashion. Evangelicals need to become more Augustinian in their theology, he argues, and begin attending as much to the Federalist Papers as they do to the Scriptures. "This book offers an important challenge to evangelical leaders, pastors, and activists alike: focus on the 'permanent things,' remember your pilgrim citizenship, and never forget that the ultimate purposes of history are not determined by politics. This is not to diminish appropriate political concerns but to only put them in proper perspective. Buy a copy of this book for your pastor and also give one to your favorite Christian political activist. By doing so you will raise the level of theological, and political, conversation in the church."
"Maximally enlightening political-religious argumentation."
“This book is a valuable contribution to the ongoing historiographical conversation regarding conservative politics in the United States and will certainly prompt an interested and lively discussion on this issue.”
Journal of Church and State
“This is a book that deserves to be noticed and to be deeply pondered by every type of American evangelical Christian — especially those who engage politics and the public square.”
The University Bookman
“Hart has done an excellent job of exploring the intellectual and political history. Furthermore, and more important, he has written the kind of book which forces the reader to grapple with his thesis and to be left more thoughtful in the process.”
“Erudite and well-researched, Hart’s style is approachable and often witty. . . . General readers will be taken aback to learn that evangelical Protestantism isn’t always — and perhaps is only rarely — conservative in nature.”
Voice of Reason
“A very provocative and interesting book.”
The American Conservative
“Darryl Hart’s new book on the role of evangelical and the conservative movement offers a critical missing piece in understanding the ongoing role of evangelical Christian in American politics.”
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The rallying voices of the last twenty five years (Robertson, Dobson, Falwell, etc.) are aging and dying. A transition is underway. Tensions are surfacing between evangelicals and the Right. Evangelical baby boomers are drifting to the left. Rick Warren is given as an example. There is an evangelicalism discomfort with conservatism. 9)
With this introduction, Hart gives a historical account of evangelical politics since WW II. Evangelicals saw the Bible as a better guide to the affairs of the U. S. than the constitution or the tenets of federalism. The evangelical intelligentsia is moving to the political left and they are the ones teaching in Christian colleges, writing books, and training future pastors.
Born again Protestants claim to be conservative but their assumptions and aims are at odds with conservatism. If evangelicals want to be classically conservative, they need to reconsider the way faith relates to politics. "This reconsideration will involve the recovery of an older Augustinian view of the relationship between the City of God and the City of Man, in which the ultimate purposes of history are not located in the rise and fall of empires or republics but in the church of Jesus Christ." 17-18 "Rather than looking at the American nation as the divinely instituted polity to make straight the way of the Lord," they must see the relatively unimportance of the nation-state for such ends.Read more ›
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It assumes that the be-all-to-end-all is "Conservatism" (as the author defines it). If your evangelical (Biblical) belief system parts company with the author's view of... Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by H. B. Estabrooks Jr.
I doubt that Mr Hart will be flattered by the comparison, but this book reminds me of Thomas Frank's "What's the Matter with Kansas? Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by deskjockey