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Interestingly, evangelicalism has both shaped the culture and been shaped by the culture.

The Great Awakening was in essence a “restatement of the older Puritan teaching on the need for men first to be humbled if they are to be soundly converted” (Murray, 1987).

“New-Lights” like Edwards claimed that true religion goes beyond human reason to touch the affections.

After the Great Awakening, American evangelicalism became more populist or individualistic in comparison with European Protestantism, which historically could be buttressed by the powers of the state.

By contrast, American evangelicalism is sometimes “ambiguous in its appeals to authority and often relies on charismatic leaders or organizational geniuses who (with populist rhetoric) replace traditional autocracy with their own iron discipline” (Noll, 2001, 15).

British historian David Bebbington identifies four common elements within evangelicalism: conversionism (an emphasis on the new birth as a life-changing experience), biblicism (recognizing the Bible as ultimate authority in religious matters), activism (the sharing of faith), and crucicentrism (a focus on the redeeming work of Christ as the sole way of salvation) (Noll, 2001).

Although the Great Awakening was felt in both Great Britain and its colonies, its subsequent repercussions in America have been multifaceted. It would be more accurate to say that it is a particular kind of evangelical fish that likes to quote Postman—a reflective fish, a Reformed fish, a confessional fish, a fish out of water. This is not to say that the entire evangelical community is familiar with Postman or would agree with the basic thrust of his writings, for evangelicalism is a big pond with an assortment of diverse fish, many paying no attention whatsoever to the water in which they swim.While the elimination of prayer in the public schools in the 1960s and the subsequent legalizing of abortion in 1973 galvanized many conservative evangelicals to be more pro-active in their voting behavior, theological affiliation is not a hard determinate of political affiliation.President Reagan, who was ushered into the White House with the help of the religious right, belonged to a liberal church body (Presbyterian Church USA).Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, moderately liberal Democrats, both belong to a conservative church body—the Southern Baptist Convention.

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