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Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic NightmaresThe Cold War Origins of Political Evangelicalism$
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Angela M. Lahr

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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 “Bomb”arding Evangelicals

 “Bomb”arding Evangelicals

(p.25) 1 “Bomb”arding Evangelicals
Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares

Angela M. Lahr (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The dawning of the nuclear age brought premillennial speculation about the imminent end of the world that altered the evangelical assessment of the relationship between religion and science. Eschatological beliefs about the potential impact of nuclear weapons blended with secular apocalypticism that even influenced American Cold War foreign policy. Simultaneously, evangelicalism's embrace of anticommunism in the early Cold War helped lead to the subculture's integration into the mainstream culture.

Keywords:   anticommunism, Cold War, evangelicalism, nuclear age, premillennial speculation, science

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