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The Truth about Conservative ChristiansWhat They Think and What They Believe$
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Andrew M. Greeley and Michael Hout

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226306629

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226306759.001.0001

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The Politics of Conservative Christianity in Black and White

The Politics of Conservative Christianity in Black and White

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(p.69) Four The Politics of Conservative Christianity in Black and White
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The Truth about Conservative Christians
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226306759.003.0004

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

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