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Religions 2015, 6(1), 266-285; doi:10.3390/rel6010266

Cold War Transgressions: Christian Realism, Conservative Socialism, and the Longer 1960s

Department of History, Spring Arbor University, 723 Woodlawn Ave., Jackson, MI 49203, USA
Academic Editor: Darren Dochuk
Received: 13 January 2015 / Revised: 10 March 2015 / Accepted: 13 March 2015 / Published: 20 March 2015
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This essay examines the convergence of the Protestant left and traditionalist right during the 1950s. Reinhold Niebuhr and the World Council of Churches challenged Cold War liberalism from within. As they did, they anticipated and even applauded the anti-liberalism of early Cold War conservatives. While exploring intellectual precursors of the New Left, this essay forefronts one forgotten byproduct of the political realignments following World War II: The transgressive politics of “conservative socialism.” Furthermore, this work contributes to growing awareness of ecumenical Christian impact within American life. View Full-Text
Keywords: protestantism; liberal protestantism; conservativism; liberalism; cold war; christian realism; ecumenism; reinhold niebuhr; world council of churches; new left protestantism; liberal protestantism; conservativism; liberalism; cold war; christian realism; ecumenism; reinhold niebuhr; world council of churches; new left
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Edwards, M.T. Cold War Transgressions: Christian Realism, Conservative Socialism, and the Longer 1960s. Religions 2015, 6, 266-285.

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