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Take me to church

Graham, here in 1957, brought together disparate groups of Protestants under his brand of evangelism

IT’S A LESSON APT FOR A BOOK ABOUT FAITH: THINGS happen for a reason. The waves of conservative Protestant influence that have swept American life at various points in history have often seemed to come out of nowhere. The emergence of the Christian right’s political influence in the 1970s, for example, just as experts said religion was

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