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Published: 31 October 2007

296 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195314489

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Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares

The Cold War Origins of Political Evangelicalism

Angela M. Lahr

Conservative evangelicals' millennial outlook helped to demarginalize the subculture in the Cold War as secular apocalypticism paralleled and sometimes justified the dispensational worldview. The prospect of nuclear warfare--expecially in the shadow of the Cuban Missile Crisis--and the creation of the state of Israel appeared to be direct fulfillment of biblical prophecy. The secular apocalypticism that accompanied these developments, combined with conservative evangelicals' embrace of anticommunism, helped to legitimize evangelicalism in the national, secular domain. This book examines the Americanization of Cold War evangelicalism and argues that these developments led up to the evangelical subculture's expansion with the rise of the New Christian Right

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