God-Fearing and Free by Jason W. Stevens

By Jason W. Stevens

This not easy paintings argues for the significance of spirituality in chilly conflict the US. It was once the 1st interval while the state, teetering among patriotism and doubt in regards to the international destiny, grew to become a superpower. It was once additionally the final interval within which America’s leaders and ministers frequently proclaimed that the kingdom used to be no longer freed from sin. Stevens lines hobbies within the tradition of this time. the 1st is a recoiling from the alleged innocence of the 1930s-- the pink Decade-- and the formation of a chilly battle sensibility within the past due 1940s-50s. This sensibility used to be grounded in sobriety, within the rejection of utopia, in a neo- Judeo-Christian photo of human nature tainted via sin and within the tacit or particular aid for a pro-American anti-communism. the second one circulate is the fragmentation of this early chilly conflict sensibility and its passing into obsolescence by way of the Sixties. protecting a big variety of narrative and cultural varieties – together with theology, fiction, movie noir, journalism, and confessional biography –Stevens demonstrates how writers, artists, and intellectuals-- the religious in addition to the non-religious-- disseminated the phrases of this cultural discussion, disputing, refining, and demanding it.

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