The Evangelical Press

Ken Waters

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395068
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Evangelical Press

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Research shows that evangelical publications not only help readers form their personal identity but also are an important influence on the voting decisions of evangelicals. While evangelicals remain steadfastly conservative in their political and cultural tastes, voting patterns in the election of 2008 show a slight crack in the rock-solid marriage between conservative politicians and evangelicals. This shift was already a topic of conversation on the pages of evangelical periodicals months before the election. This article argues that to fully comprehend the influence of evangelicals on American culture and current events, one must study the vibrant but often overlooked dialogue evident on the pages of evangelical periodicals. It first provides an overview of the history of evangelical publications and then examines the link between magazines (including Christianity Today, WORLD magazine, and Sojourners) and evangelical identity. It also looks at the coverage of the abortion debate and the 2008 presidential election in evangelical publications before concluding with a discussion of the future prospects of the evangelical press in the United States.

Keywords: evangelical press; evangelicals; evangelical publications; United States; abortion; presidential election; culture; current events; magazines; Christianity Today

Article.  6161 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity

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