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Evangelicals and Catholics Together

How it Should Have Been in the Roaring Twenties Marketplace of Ideas

Barry Hankins

Pages 207 - 220


The presidential election of 1928 was merely the most glaring example of Protestant-Catholic tension in America’s Roaring Twenties. Catholics understood that they could not fully embrace American freedom, and Protestants viewed them as un-American for holding such a view. In the late twentieth century, evangelical Protestants broke with their liberal brethren and joined Catholics in critiquing a culture that left virtually all moral questions to choice. The elements for this common ground between evangelicals and Catholics already existed in the twenties, but the marketplace of ideas made an alliance impossible. Only later did evangelicals begin to understand that the liberal conception of freedom is based on the autonomy of the individual. As a result, they joined Catholics and now live in tension with American freedom.


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