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The Perils of Prosperity, 1953–1975

Keith Robbins

in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780198263715
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191714283 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263715.003.0006

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

The Perils of Prosperity, 1953–1975

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The chapter begins by considering the advent of the American evangelist Billy Graham and crusading revivalism, its success and failures. It then considers ecclesiastical decolonization — the impact of the end of the British Empire on the Anglican Communion in particular — and the different ways in which the churches reacted to the possibility of European integration. That in turn was bound up with the continuing Cold War and the role of the World Council of Churches. The chapter then turns to religious/political tensions within Ireland and the reviving nationalism within Britain (and church involvement). The impact of Vatican II in Britain and Ireland was significant, both on Catholics and on ecumenical relations. Church unity was high on the agenda. New bible translations and liturgies appeared, new theologies were written, but new economic prosperity and social liberalism often left churches mystified.

Keywords: Anglican Communion; Bible translation; Billy Graham; church unity; Cold War; European integration; liturgy; nationalism; revivalism; Vatican II

Chapter.  37528 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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