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For the past century, the bulk of white evangelicalism has been tightly linked to very conservative politics. But in response to social and cultural changes in the 1960s and 1970s, conservative white evangelicalism organized itself into the Christian Right, in the process attaching itself to and making itself indispensable to the Republican Party. While the Christian Right has enjoyed significant political success, its fusion of evangelicalism/Christianity with right-wing politics—which includes white nationalism, hostility to immigrants, unfettered capitalism, and intense homophobia—has driven many Americans (particularly, young Americans) to disaffiliate from religion altogether. In fact, the quantitative and qualitative evidence make it clear that the Christian Right has been a (perhaps the) primary reason for the remarkable rise of the religious “nones” in the past three decades. More than this, the Christian Right is, in itself, a sign of secularization.
Empty Churches: Non-Affiliation in America
Oxford University Press
atheists, Conservative Christians, identity, Liberal Christians, non-affiliation, parents, prayer, Religion, Religiosity, secular, spiritual, Vatican II, youth, Christian Right, disaffiliate, Republican Party, secularization, white evangelicalism
Catholic Studies | Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Trollinger, William Vance, "Religious Non-Affiliation: Expelled by the Right" (2021). Books and Book Chapters by University of Dayton Faculty. 100.