Bible-Carrying Christians: Conservative Protestants and by David Harrington Watt

By David Harrington Watt

Within the usa, there are millions of Protestant church buildings whose contributors habitually hold their Bibles with them. those churches--often often called "evangelical" or "fundamentalist"--play a very important position in shaping American society. during this publication, David Watt attracts on years of fieldwork to provide a sublime reinterpretation of how that conservative Protestants effect American politics and tradition. on the center of the e-book is a sympathetic, yet faraway from uncritical, research of these different types of social energy which are assumed to be typical between Bible-carrying Christians. whereas outsiders frequently presuppose that evangelical Christians take with no consideration the authority of yes associations (among them the yankee nation, organisations, ministers, males, and heterosexuals), Watt argues that the truth is way extra complicated. it is a concise and energetic e-book that sheds new gentle at the method that Bible-carrying Christians effect the best way that folks in the USA think--and steer clear of thinking--about social energy.

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According to Stuart, the church was founded in 1931 and incorporated in 1944. ” Beginning in the 1980s, the population of the neighborhood began to shift. A good number of Koreans, Latinos, and African Americans moved into Olney in the 1980s and 1990s. A few—not many—African Americans and Latinos have attended services from time to time at Oak Grove. 2 Stuart’s paper suggests that throughout its history Oak Grove has been a congregation made up overwhelmingly of people whose ancestors came to the United States from western Europe or the British Isles.

The others were ephemeral. Their importance was downplayed, their pretensions deflated. They were not nearly so important as they pretended to be, and it would be a mistake, we knew, to take them too seriously. This page intentionally left blank FOUR oak grove church  Thomas S. Stuart’s description and analysis of Oak Grove Church helped me to get my bearings there. He wrote “Fundamentalism, Americanism, and Culture” in 1994, when he was a practicing attorney. 1 Stuart attended Oak Grove Church regularly when he was growing up and graduated from Oak Grove Christian Academy.

He told me, for instance, that a land investment he had made in a part of California where I had lived in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Antelope Valley, had paid off handsomely. 14 And by the time that I concluded my fieldwork, Foster owned part of a company that stood a chance, he thought, of making something like $125 million in the next few years. So there is, then, a sense in which asking whether “members of the business classes” had decisively shaped the way in which Foster viewed the world is a good deal like asking whether “Roman Catholics” decisively influenced the views of John Paul II and Mother Teresa.

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