2015 JJ Thiessen Lectures - Plenary 3:
Power Shifts: Fuel and Family Values in the Age of Evangelicalism
Moving through the heart of the 1960s and 1970s, with some conclusions in our current moment, this lecture will track the final steps that oil patch evangelicals followed to gain political power. Tapping the behind-the-scenes activities of men like Ernest Manning, Billy Graham, and J. Howard Pew, whose work helped bring to fruition such momentous petroleum ventures as the Great Canadian Oil Sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta, it will revaluate the “culture wars” of the period as a struggle between competing visions of fuel as well as family values. Much has been written, of course, about the conservative-liberal tensions that sparked these culture wars and led to the Republican Right’s capture of the White House in 1980. In this closing talk, we will fold issues of energy and environmentalism into the mix, measure evangelicalism’s abiding connections to the oil sector and their impact on the religious movement’s political success, and revisit the Reagan Revolution as a process long in the making and still much in effect. The lecture will conclude with a glimpse at more recent manifestations of evangelicalism’s relationship to crude oil, and the internal and external pressures of a new generation that have begun to undermine it in this new millennium, with America’s Century now past.
|Publisher||Canadian Mennonite University|
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