Power and Piety: Evangelicals and Politics in the Contemporary U.S.



This course examines the history, beliefs, practices and aesthetics of evangelical Christians in the United States, paying particular attention to the relationship between evangelical theology and national politics since the American Civil War. Topics covered will include: the development of the Social Gospel; the Niebuhr Brothers and neo-orthodox theology; women's suffrage and Civil Rights; the "Southern Strategy" and the rise of the so-called Religious Right; as well as Christian Reconstructionism.