From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin by D. G. Hart
Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism

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From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin provides an iconoclastic new history of the entrance of evangelical Christians into national American politics. Examining the key players of the “Religious Right” — Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and many others — D. G. Hart argues that evangelicalism is (and always has been) a bad fit with classic political conservatism.



Hart shows how the uneasy alliance of these unlikely political bedfellows has contributed directly to the fragmentation of today’s conservative movement. He contends that the ongoing burden of reconciling the progressive moral idealism of religious conservatives with the sober realism of political conservatives increasingly threatens this precarious partnership. Moreover, Hart suggests that evangelicals are unlikely to remain politically conservative in the long term unless they stop looking to big government to solve societal woes at home and abroad and at last embrace classic small-government conservatism for its own sake.
 

About D. G. Hart

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D. G. Hart is the author or editor of more than twenty books on American religion, including A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State and Deconstructing Evangelicalism: Conservative Protestantism in the Age of Billy Graham. A former director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicalism at Wheaton College, he is currently visiting professor of history at Hillsdale College.
 
Published July 7, 2011 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 252 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality.

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Such left-leaning evangelicals aside, Hart’s main point is that “conservative” Christians rarely understand the tenets of true conservatism, and often subvert conservatism for evangelical purposes.

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Westminster Theological Seminary's Hart is a conservative Presbyterian, but he'd rather not be called an "evangelical."

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At a time when many view the relationship between evangelicals and the Republican Party as unquestionably tight, Hart suggests born-again Christians may actually have more in common with the aspirations of progress, change, and social improvement championed by the left.

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It’s not the same world it was a few decades ago, when American evangelicals - Mr. Falwell was perhaps the paradigm - aligned their preaching and their voting with the Republican Party and its embrace of limited government and anti-communism.

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Professor Hart makes the case that the social teachings of Evangelicals should make them more liberal, supporting the poor and downtrodden and following other social gospel examples.

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The Gospel Coalition

In his provocative new book From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism, Hart makes the case that evangelicals are for the most part interlopers within authentic conservatism, which he identifies with traditionalist conservatives such as Russell Kirk, ...

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