God’s Era

The latest entry in my blog series on the StarrTrekking blog, on Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows, is now available.

Click the link to read “God’s Era.”

https://starrtrekking.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/gods-era/

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2 Responses to God’s Era

  1. riley1955 says:

    Hi, Pam:

    I finally had a chance to read God’s Era. I knew about Billy Graham, but don’t recall hearing about Hearst “kissing” him. HWA would have killed for that! I’m trying to recall the size crowds that he drew in Los Angeles in the 1930s.

    I’d heard of Fulton Sheen, but never knew anything about him.

    My aunt and uncle, who attended AC in the late 1950s, used to go off campus to listen to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale talk about the power of positive thinking. If not a no-no, it wasn’t encouraged.

    One interesting thing I learned in a Modern America history class was that Americans were not necessarily as religious in the 1950s as it might seem. Some church going was, according to the textbook and the professor, because of the McCarthy communist witch hunts. Everyone knew that communists were atheists, and a sure way to avoid having people think you were a communist was to show up at church on Sunday.

    Looking forward to reading your next installment.

    Kathy

    On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 9:32 AM, Meet MythAmerica wrote:

    > Pamela Starr Dewey posted: “The latest entry in my blog series on the > StarrTrekking blog, on Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows, is now > available. Click the link to read “God’s Era.” https://starrtrekking. > wordpress.com/2017/02/25/gods-era/ ” >

  2. The COG in the late 50s may have frowned on folks going to see Peale live, but by the time we came along in the late 1960s, his books were practically required reading for Spokesmans Club members, especially “How to Win Friends and Influence People”! I may write a blog entry on Peale later…most folks don’t realize that he didn’t just write cheery “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” material–it was literally much closer to the modern Pentecostal supernatural “name it and claim it” stuff! He was highly influenced by the esoteric teachers of the early 1900s such as Madame Blavatsky. And of course he was the Trump family “pastor” of the period of Trump’s youth… who has raved about his teachings, and loving to go to church weekly to hear him. No wonder he is now so enraptured by Paula.

    Your prof was right about the superficiality of much of the religion of the 50s. That’s what I’ll be covering in the next entry… and it was indeed influenced by the Red Scare…but even moreso by the desire of the capitalists of the era such as Firestone and Dow and JC Penney and all their buddies to connect devotion to religion to both patriotism…and devotion to capitalism! The documentation on this topic is STUNNING. It is so parallel to the connections today that it is…almost supernatural. 😉

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