“Protestants and American Conservatism: A Short History” by Gillis J. Harp
Protestants and American Conservatism: A Short History
by Gillis J. Harp
Oxford University Press, 2019
323 pages (hardback), $34.95
Since about the time when Jerry Falwell Sr. founded the Moral Majority in 1979 (with lots of help from Republican Party operatives), confessional and evangelical Protestants have generally identified as conservative. In Christian terms, being conservative meant at least belief in the supernatural character of biblical religion, as well as trust in the Bible as the word of God. In political categories, being conservative meant being pro-life, affirming the importance of the family, a strong ...