Title

Reluctant Warriors: Premillennialism and Politics in the Moral Majority

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This study investigates the effects of premillennialist theological beliefs on attitudes about political participation among members of the Indiana and Arkansas chapters of the Moral Majority. Premillennialism was found to increase positive attitudes toward political activity by inculcating beliefs about an active Devil taking part in human affairs, and to decrease the perceived efficacy of political participation by engendering beliefs that political activity is futile in the face of the coming millennium. This was found to produce a significant level of cognitive dissonance among Moral Majority members.

Disciplines

American Politics | Political Science | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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