Postwar America Interviews (Interview: Randall Balmer (Billy Grapham's…
Postwar America Interviews
Interview: Stephen Prothero
A new relationship is formed between America and Christianity after the war
America has become more "Christian"
Because Communists are the enemies of God
WWII has seen a "merging" of politics and religion.
It became important to have "God we can call on" and one that sets us apart.
Christians had celebrities!
Billy Graham was filling stadiums, entertaining millions, and capturing the eyes and ears of many.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a religious figure, who led massive change in our nation
A new Culture or American "religion" was forming: Civil Religion
A religion that is progressing alongside Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism.
The nation has God, and it has saints such as George Washington and Abe Lincoln, and scripture such as the Gettysburg Address and the Constitution.
Patriotism on a
Interview: Randall Balmer
Religion and Landscape in America seem to be connected
Religion seemingly marks different regions around the country
America seems to fill in a unique niche in the "divine economy."
Since the immigration law changes, a vast amount of religions have spread into America.
Billy Grapham's legacy
Chose to not get an education, casting aside intellectual doubts. Charles Templeton said this was "intellectual suicide for Graham.
Graham moved on New York, counter-culturally to how protestants viewed the bib cities: as centers of evil. He turned off many conservative Christians through working with a very liberal ministry in NYC
The split between conservatives and liberals became very real at this time, with conservatives condemning any who did not buy into their doctrines.
Was seeking to change society one person at a time
Martin Luther King's legacy
He was able to work within politics, and avoid the lure of power.
Graham and King were reportedly quite close
was seeking to change society as a whole
Interview: Sarah Barringer Gordon
Secularism eventually comes about
Protect a secular education.
Jefferson wall of separation: separation of church and state.
Prayers actually happened in public schools regularly during this time!
Nostalgia for the "golden age" of the past
Postmodernism! a move towards secularism
Whats happening post WWII?
War continued, just a shift towards the cold war. - war of athiest communism vs Christian America
Religious and Political systems begin to merge, with Billy Gram guiding this connection.