Saturday, December 4, 2010

Review of Daniel K. Williams, God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right

My review is posted at Jesus Creed as part of Scot McKnight's "Saturday Afternoon Book Review" series.  Here is a snippet:

Williams’s central thesis is that conservative Protestants entered the public square in the early twentieth-century and never left it.  According to Williams, “what was new in 1980 was not evangelicals’ interest in politics, but, rather, their level of partisan commitment.”  At the time that Jerry Falwell founded the Moral Majority, evangelicals—both in their Neo-Evangelical and Fundamentalist manifestations—had been speaking out on political issues for decades.  What was unique about the Christian Right was its connection to the GOP, which eventually became “God’s Own Party.”

Read the entire review here.