A pronounced shift toward conservatism—both political and religious—is one of the most remarkable characteristics of today’s ideological climate both in Europe and in America. England, faced by near financial collapse as a result of irresponsible socialist policies for a generation, has recently made a revolutionary shift away from Keynesian economics. On July 14, the singer chosen in France to lead the country in the “Marseillaise” over nationwide television was twenty-nine-year-old Michel Sardou, who has been called a fascist for such songs as “Les Ricains,” honoring the American-led Normandy invasion of 1944, without which “we would all be in Germany today.” The growth of Communist party strength in Italy can be accounted for only by the extreme ineptitude of the Christian Democrats, demonstrating little more than the common-sense fact that if the good guys are sufficiently stupid or corrupt, the bad guys can win by default (even if the pope is against them).

Religiously, the climate of opinion is going evangelical. Time magazine, whose articles on the conservative victory in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have shown how little pleased it is with this trend, referred quite frankly, in its July 26 article on the current successes of evangelical publishing, to “the shift toward Evangelicalism throughout U. S. religion.”

To be sure, the most dramatic illustration of the new wave of evangelical influence lies in the American presidential campaign arena. All three prime figures who were in the race for major-party presidential nominations must be classed religiously within the conservative aegis: Ford, an evangelical Episcopalian, one of whose sons attends ...

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