Frances FitzGerald on how evangelicals lost their way

Evangelist Billy Graham, center, is flanked by GOP presidential candidate Richard Nixon, right, and Gov. Spiro T. Agnew, the GOP vice presidential choice, left, as he delivers the benediction at the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Fla. Mr. Graham prayed for the unity and welfare of the nation. Religion News Service file photo

(RNS) The most important new book on evangelicals in many years has been released just in time for Easter. Frances FitzGerald’s massive new tome is called “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America.” Everyone who cares about religion in America must read it. I will be moderating a conversation with the author on Wednesday night (April 12) at the Atlanta History Center.

Reading this book during the Lenten season, and completing it during Holy Week, may be contributing to my primary take on the book: Evangelicals very badly lost their way. And they did so because

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