The Church in an Era of Crisis (1933-41)

Kent L. Johnson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1988

Issue: Our National Self-Understanding (Vol. 8, No 3, Summer, 1988)

Every century, every decade, perhaps every year has some claim to distinction. Few eras, however, have greater claim than the years from 1933 through 1941. During that time the nation was confronted with social, political, and economic issues that forced Americans to see themselves in new ways. Among those issues/events were: the Great Depression; the repeal of Prohibition; racism; and the descent into World War II. One of the debates engaging the church in those years was whether or not the church should involve itself in the political, economic, and social concerns that dominated the era.

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