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The Politics of Conservative Christianity in Black and White

in The Truth about Conservative Christians

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226306629
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306759 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226306759.003.0004
The Politics of Conservative Christianity in Black and White

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This chapter argues that Conservative Christianity can promote a political agenda. American political history teaches us, though, that the direction it leads men and women cannot be determined in advance. Evangelical militancy is not new, and while it is distasteful when it marches in the opposite direction of our own cause, it can be also be embraced to support the “onward, Christian soldiers” march of one's own cause. While some disregard history to demonize Conservative Christianity's involvement in politics that promote a conservative social agenda, they are reminded that religious zeal in the pursuit of political objectives has not been the monopoly of one particular political camp. In the present era, the same religious principles that lead whites to the right lead blacks to the left.

Keywords: political agenda; whites; blacks; evangelical militancy; conservative social agenda; Conservative Christianity; religious zeal

Chapter.  2213 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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