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Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares: The Cold War Origins of Political Evangelicalism

Angela M. Lahr


Conservative evangelicals in the early Cold War were the forbearers of the New Christian Right of the 1980s. In the postwar United States, the evangelical subculture, which had become marginalized after the turn of the 20th century, mixed its own eschatology with the apocalyptic context of the beginning of the Cold War and the nuclear age. The atomic bomb, the new Israeli state, and the Cuban Missile Crisis all confirmed for evangelicals their belief that biblical prophecy about the end‐times was being fulfilled. Evangelicals who utilized religious practices like prayer and missions work in li ... More

Keywords: apocalypticism, Cold War, end‐times, eschatology, evangelical, New Christian Right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195314489
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314489.001.0001


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Angela M. Lahr, author
Texas A&M University-Commerce
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