The Moralistic Impulse in American Evangelicalism

Friday, 24 Aug 2007

Economic issues my have been decisive for the 1992 presidential election, but social and cultural questions were never far from voters' minds, especially the evangelical segment of the electorate. In recent years, America has become increasingly polarized in what sociologist James Davison Hunter calls a "culture war." Hunter argues in Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America that the most contested political issues–abortion, gay rights, education, public funding for art, the composition of the Supreme Court–are not the marginal concerns of a few zealous lobby groups, but reflect profound moral and religious differences within ...

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