Fundamentalist evangelical Christianity surged to prominence from the depths of the Great Depression, as wealthy evangelical Christian businessmen established training centers and networks combining adherence to free-market capitalist principles with “biblical fundamentalism.” With financial support from these businessmen, evangelists built powerful international movements. As professor Darren E. Grem discusses, evangelicals in business practiced and promoted not only old-time religion, but also racial discrimination and gender inequity. They helped the political careers of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Today, evangelicalism remains a force in the business, political and geopolitical sectors. getAbstract recommends this detailed overview to students of US history, politics and business.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Christian fundamentalism influenced some of the 20th century’s most prominent US businessmen,
- How business leaders shaped evangelical Christianity, and
- How evangelical Christianity achieved political and geopolitical influence.
About the Author
Darren E. Grem is assistant professor of history and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi.