1950: Crossroads of American Religious Life   -     By: Robert S. Ellwood
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1950: Crossroads of American Religious Life

Westminster John Knox Press / 2000 / Paperback

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1950 saw the height of the postwar religious boom in the U.S. and also the depths of the Cold War; it was a year when religious enthusiasm and postwar affluence coexisted with anxiety about global communism and the ever-present threat of nuclear war. McCarthysim, the nascent civil rights movement, the increasing prominence of Jewish thinkers in American intellectual life, the advent of the hydrogen bomb, and the onset of the Korean War all provoked ardent-and diverse-responses from religious leaders and occasioned lively debate in the flourishing field of religious journalism. This book will serve as a cultural "time capsule," recovering trends, news items, endings, beginnings, and other developements in American religious life fifty years ago. The book concludes with glances toward the 50's and 60's and with attention to the parallels and divergences between religious culture then and now.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0664258131
ISBN-13: 9780664258139

Publisher's Description

The year 1950 saw the height of the postwar religious boom in America and also the depths of the Cold War. It was a year when religious enthusiasm and postwar affluence coexisted with anxiety about global communism and an ever-present nuclear threat. McCarthyism, the advent of the hydrogen bomb, and the onset of the Korean War provoked ardent and diverse responses from religious leaders and occasioned lively debate in flourishing religious journalism.

Robert Ellwood's 1950 is a cultural time capsule, recovering the impetus for many of today's trends, remembering endings and beginnings, and documenting many other developments in American religious life of fifty years ago. It highlights the parallels and divergences between religious culture then and now.

Author Bio

Robert S. Ellwood is Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of more than a dozen books on comparative religion, including Introducing Religion: From Inside and Outside; Many Peoples, Many Faiths: An Introduction to the Religious Life of Humankind; and The History and Future of Faith: Religion Past, Present, and to Come.

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