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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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Kingdoms at War

Kingdoms at War

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Bill Bright & Campus Crusade for Christ

John G. Turner

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the Reagan administration, and how Bill Bright was hopeful about the direction of the country during this time. In several ways, Bright participated in a minor revival of civil religion during the Reagan years. In 1982, Reagan signed legislation declaring 1983 the “Year of the Bible” in America, an initiative Bright suggested to the president shortly after his inauguration and which Bill Armstrong guided through the Senate. Bright recruited Catholic Cardinal John Krol, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America Gerson Cohen, and the Pentecostal Thomas Zimmerman to serve as honorary vice presidents of the promotional activities surrounding the Year of the Bible. As part of the campaign, volunteer workers distributed a portion of the New Testament to Christian households and a portion of the Hebrew Scriptures to Jewish households.

Keywords:   Reagan administration, civil religion, Bible, Bill Armstrong, John Krol, Thomas Zimmerman

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