Author(s)

Erin YatesFollow

Date

7-2016

Department

History

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

David Snead

Keywords

Cold War, Southern Baptists, W.A. Criswell

Disciplines

History of Christianity | Public History | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social History | United States History

Abstract

W.A. Criswell served as the longtime pastor of First Baptist Dallas. The writings and ministry of W.A. Criswell demonstrate that the encompassing fear of the Cold War molded the sermons and actions of many Southern Baptists pastors. Southern Baptists during the Cold War exemplify how deeply the fear of the nuclear threat permeated the daily life of Americans. The Southern Baptist belief that the Soviet Union was the antagonist during the end times influenced their evangelism techniques, education techniques, and eschatology.