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Original Sin and Everyday Protestants – The Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr, Billy Graham, and Paul Tillich in an Age of Anxiety | North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Original Sin and Everyday Protestants: The Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr, Billy Graham, and Paul Tillich in an Age of Anxiety

Andrew S. Finstuen

Abstract

In the years following World War II, American Protestantism experienced tremendous growth, but conventional wisdom holds that midcentury Protestants practiced an optimistic, progressive, complacent, and materialist faith. This book argues against this prevailing view, showing that theological issues in general—and the ancient Christian doctrine of original sin in particular—became newly important to both the culture at large and to a generation of American Protestants during a postwar “age of anxiety” as the Cold War took root. The book focuses on three giants of Protestant thought—Billy Graha ... More

Keywords: American Protestantism, original sin, age of anxiety, Cold War, Billy Graham, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, American Christians, postwar American culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833360
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807898536_finstuen

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew S. Finstuen, author