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Andrew Nedelchev marked it as to-read Apr 06, John Samples added it Apr 20, Maureen marked it as to-read May 31, Frankie added it Jun 05, Z added it Jul 09, To Hunter, the modern age — that earlier sociologists saw as feeding secularism — provided a critical challenge for evangelicals. Hunter argued that the modern age individualized religion, presented it as but once choice among many, and removed religion from its connections to the broader institutional mosaic.

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Where faith was previously imbedded in community life, it became increasingly personal. In the face of the structural pluralism of religious life, a sense of equivalence is created between mainline churches, evangelical churches, mosques, temples, and yoga classes.

Given the diversity of religious views present, and the constitutional protections arising from the Due Process clause of the 14 th Amendment, religion in general and conservative religion in particular, is removed from consideration of everyday political life. While some religious groups focused on how to incorporate the modern age into their religious self-understandings, not so with evangelicals.

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Hunter provided a deep analysis of books written to evangelicals designed to maintain a distinct worldview. One of the distinctive elements of evangelicalism in this period was the development of significant parallel structures.


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Contemporary Christian music arises alongside popular rock-and-roll. Specifically Christian periodicals appear alongside popular newsmagazines.

Religious broadcasting moves from being a fringe movement to a staple of American entertainment. Christian publising allows for a continual stream of appropriately supportive material in front of evangelical readers to be found in distinctly Christian bookstores. Hunter argued that evangelicals were more removed from the forces of modernity given their social location within the broader structures of society.

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His data showed that evangelicals were significantly more likely to be Southern, rural, and working class. They were far less likely to be college educated.

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The combination of parallel institutions and isolated social location allowed evangelicals to maintain their distincive worldview in the face of increasing forces of pluralism and secularity. Doing so, however, is an uphill battle. These four factors are things that the Evangelicals have done, and we confessional Lutherans have refused to do. The confessional Lutheran refusal to follow Evangelical practices in these matters is commendable. I would not have these synods do otherwise.

The first factor is the confessional Lutheran refusal to participate in unionistic worship services, revivals, and other unionistic religious work. American Evangelicalism really began with the Second Great Awakening, which was led by Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist ministers as a self-consciously unionistic enterprise.

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The second factor is the confessional Lutheran refusal to accept the theology and practices of the charismatic movement. Although the early leaders of modern Evangelicalism in the post-war period were not Pentecostal or charismatic, the tide has changed.

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This has led to some conflict with non-charismatic Evangelical leaders. This belief is the reason that, as a rule, Lutherans do not consider members of other Christian churches to be a focus of their evangelism efforts. Evangelism is properly directed to the non-churched, the unbeliever, and to people of other religions.