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Religion and American Politics

Religion and American Politics

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Myths About America. Alan Wolfe vigorously denies that a theocracy is rising in the United States. In his richly detailed tour of the nation's current Christian revival, he focuses on two very different movements. "Fundamentalists turn their back on culture; they can grow up and never meet anyone who doesn't share their faith," says Wolfe. But evangelical Christians "feel an obligation to engage, and as annoying as that engagement can be, it means that evangelicals have to be seduced by modernity." This is good news for liberal values, believes Wolfe, because the evangelical movement, which participates more in contemporary culture, is far more dominant. He describes the explosive growth of mega-churches in American exurbs, where thousands of... Show More

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