8:06 – Billy Graham + paranoia about Russia = spiritual revival in America?
8:13 – Marriage of democracy with religion in the 1950s yields 65% national church attendance; "under God" added to Pledge of Allegiance; "In God We Trust" added to currency.
8:18 – Graham's message in the late 1950s seems much more anti-Communist than Gospel. Prothero: Graham is the one who linked religion with patriotism.
8:23 – Had no idea the whole debate over religious education in public schools started in Champaign, IL.
8:30 – Transition to Civl Rights movement and religion's place in pursuit of racial equality.
8:37 – John Kennedy's candidacy reignites national fear of Catholics; Graham, concerned about a Roman Catholic in the White House, gathers Protestant clergy in Montreux, Switzerland, to figure out how to defeat Kennedy. Seems a little too conspiratorial.
8:46 – Kennedy quote regarding Civil Rights movement: "We need new laws, but law alone cannot make men do right." Agreed.
8:48 – Recognition of the on-going importance of the Exodus narrative in American history, especially for Puritans, African-Americans, etc. Some good stuff here.
8:57 – Claim that the Gospel goes beyond personal redemption to social justice because of the Civil Rights movement; the mistake here is that true Gospel living includes both.
9:00 – Strangely, not one mention of the Jesus Movement; instead, how about some white fundamentalist sub-culture (a la Falwell, Robertson, et. al.)? Yikes.
9:04 – Francis Schaeffer makes the cut! Love the goatee and knickers!
9:09 – Schaeffer ultimately responsible for the Moral Majority? Not sure I trust son Franky's retelling of history here.
9:14 – Say what you will about his politics, I sure miss listening to Ronald Reagan speak (competent utilization of complete sentences, no desperate dependence on teleprompters, etc.).
9:20 – Oh, brother. Jim Wallis.
9:24 – Geez, Ralph Reed still looks like he's 20.
9:26 – Wondering when we were going to get around to more non-Christian religions, but L.A. as most religiously diverse city in the world? For whatever reason, that surprises me.
9:30 – President/theologian George Bush declares Islam a religion of peace.
9:32 – Hat tip to Pentecostalism (can't believe didn't talk about it earlier in 20th century).
9:34 – Prothero: Mixing of political parties and religious denominations has caused young people to disssociate from both. True, methinks.
9:38 – Rick Warren and his purpose-driven life.
9:42 – E.J. Dionne: "You might say the Democrats discovered God in the 2004 exit polls."
9:49 – Here comes the pluralistic finale, currently being summed up in words from President Obama's 2008 inauguration speech.
9:51 – Prothero: "This stage of American religious life really is about pluralism." Can I call it or what?