By J. Brooks Flippen
As Jimmy Carter ascended to the presidency the inheritor obvious to Democratic liberalism, he touted his history as a born-again evangelical. as soon as in workplace, his religion certainly helped shape coverage on a few arguable ethical matters. through acknowledging convinced behaviors as sinful whereas insisting that they have been inner most concerns past govt interference, J. Brooks Flippen argues, Carter accidentally alienated either social liberals and conservative Christians, hence making sure that the talk over those ethical “family concerns” bought a brand new prominence in public and political life.
The Carter period, based on Flippen, stood at a fault line in American tradition, faith, and politics. within the wake of the Nineteen Sixties, a few americans nervous that the conventional relations confronted a grave obstacle. This newly politicized constituency considered secular humanism in schooling, the popularity of reproductive rights validated via Roe v. Wade, feminism, and the fight for gay rights as facts of cultural decay and as a problem to non secular orthodoxy. Social liberals considered Carter’s religion with skepticism and took factor along with his seeming unwillingness to construct on contemporary innovative victories. eventually, Flippen argues, conservative Christians emerged because the spiritual correct and have been followed into the Republican fold.
Examining Carter’s fight to placate competing pursuits opposed to the backdrop of adverse international and household issues―a suffering economic climate, the stalled Strategic fingers hindrance Talks, disputes within the center East, handover of the Panama Canal, and the Iranian hostage crisis―Flippen indicates how a political dynamic was once shaped that maintains to this day.
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