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Bill Bright & Campus Crusade for ChristThe Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America$
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John G. Turner

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831854

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889107_turner

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America and the World for Jesus

America and the World for Jesus

(p.173) 7 America and the World for Jesus
Bill Bright & Campus Crusade for Christ

John G. Turner

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how Bill Bright remained a significant figure in what was becoming known in journalistic and political circles as the Religious Right, as Jerry Falwell, James Robison, Tim LaHaye and others openly mobilized evangelicals to support a conservative Republican presidential candidate in 1980. Worries about the “American family” continued to spur evangelical political concern, and Crusade's Family Life division occupied a place of increasing distinction within the ministry. Despite the tug of politics, however, evangelism always remained the Campus Crusade's reason for existence. In 1980, LaHaye, an evangelical pastor in Southern California, published The Battle for the Mind, in which he outlined a struggle between secular humanism and political liberalism, on the one hand, and Christianity and political conservatism, on the other.

Keywords:   Religious Right, Jerry Falwell, James Robison, Tim LaHaye, Republican presidential candidate, Family Life division

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