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Episode Info: Carole Hallundbaek speaks with Randall Balmer, Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University. A prolific writer and commentator on faith in America, he is the author of “The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond,” “God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush,” and "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America."   Topics in this hour include: the scriptural and historical origins and development of Evangelicalism in America - from the "Three P's" (Puritans, Presbyterians and Pietism) to Billy Graham; what is at the center of Evangelical faith and life; common misconceptions about Evangelicalism; the rise of other communities - Pentecostal, Fundamental, Holiness; the Religious Right; how and when Fundamentalism became politically motivated in the 1970s and "hijacked" the faith; what young Evangelicals respond to today; and much more.
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