Sunday, October 6, 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of New Bern: Sex, Race, and Politics: Explaining the Division between the Religious Left and Religious Right, presented by Dr. Daniel K. Williams, Professor of History, University of West Georgia. In 1950, there was little discernible difference between American mainline Protestant and northern white evangelical views of race, gender, and sexuality. Nor was there any difference in their political views. By 1970, there was. Evangelicals and mainline Protestants took opposing positions on the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, and the sexual revolution, and those differences led each group to embrace a very different set of political values. The polarization between these two groups continues to exacerbate the political divisions in the nation even today.
If you would like a better understanding of the different theological assumptions of “red” and “blue” Christians and the historical forces that led to this division, please join us for this talk.