Robert Wuthnow

Robert Wuthnow teaches sociology at Princeton University and is the author of several books, including After Heaven: Spirituality in America since the 1950s.

Recent Articles

The Moral Minority

T he last quarter of the twentieth century will surely be remembered for its religious conservatism. The Moral Majority, led by fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, dominated headlines during the 1980s. Support from conservative political operatives like Paul Weyrich and Richard Viguerie helped it to mobilize millions of Christians for causes as different as championing parochial schools and opposing Sandanistas. Falwell's movement had barely started to fade when televangelist Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition took center stage. Both leaders drew heavily from the energies of independent Baptist and Pentecostal clergy and from the seemingly inexhaustible reservoirs of grass-roots evangelical piety. But what about America's other Protestants--the members of such middle- to left-leaning denominations as United Methodists, Episcopalians, and American Baptists? These historically mainline denominations played a prominent progressive role during the civil rights era. Their clergy, along with...