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April 7, 2017


Friday, April 07, 2017

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The Year That Born Again Religion Got Born Again
2:00 PM

New Hampshire Institute of Politics

Kenneth Woodward will present a discussion titled, "The Year That Born Again Religion Got Born Again." Woodward served as Religion Editor of Newsweek magazine from 1964 to 2002. During his tenure at Newsweek, he contributed more than 700 articles, essays, and book reviews, including nearly 100 cover stories. He is the author of four books, including, most recently, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics From the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama.

This lecture is part of a conference, “Jimmy Carter and the ‘Year of the Evangelicals’ Reconsidered.” In 1976 Newsweek magazine borrowed a phrase from pollster George Gallup and proclaimed that year the “Year of the Evangelicals.” Both presidential candidates – Republican Gerald Ford and Democrat Jimmy Carter – claimed to be “born again” Christians, a claim made by one third of all Americans; and significant proportions of Protestants and Catholics told Gallup’s pollsters that the Bible should be taken literally, a marker of conservative evangelical Christianity. This phenomenon caught journalists by surprise, and they struggled to understand this new segment of the electorate, beginning at the top with the candidacy of Jimmy Carter. The election of 1976 brought evangelicals back into the political arena and marked their movement from the margins of intellectual and cultural life into the mainstream. Now an interdisciplinary group of international scholars will look back to that influential magazine cover story and present recent scholarship on the place of black and white evangelicals in public life – including politics and popular culture – from the election of Jimmy Carter to the election of Donald Trump.

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Theology Department Social
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bradley House - (Lounge)
Bradley House

The Theology Department will host a social to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students and faculty and to enjoy each other's company. Anyone interested in the students, faculty, or the study of theology are welcome.

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