Last month Christan Century’s Then & Now blog had an interesting post on the effect Reagan’s victory and Carter’s defeat in the 1980 election had on the resurgence of the “Religous Right” and the decline of “Progressive Evangelicalism.”
The 1980 presidential election represented a turning point in U.S. political history. The Reagan landslide heralded not only the Republican capture of the White House and a Republican Senate, but Carter’s defeat also signaled the eclipse of progressive evangelicalism in favor of a political agenda virtually indistinguishable from the Republican Party itself.
This has had, of course, a pretty profound effect on Evangelicalism from that point on, with significant political and cultural effects as well.
I remember Carter (I was 7 when he was elected), but never heard of this other dimension of what was at stake in 1980.
Here is the link: Jimmy Carter and the demise of progressive evangelicalism