The Moral Majority: Christianity and Politics

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML)


College of Christian Ministries and Religion


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Brian M. Kelly Ph.D.


When talking about the relationship between Christianity and politics two things are certain: there will be a split on whether or not people believe the two should have a relationship at all, and that at some point the conversation will focus on the perceived success or failure of the Moral Majority. Founded by Jerry Falwell and Paul Weyrich in 1979 to give a voice to Christian conservatives, the Moral Majority quickly became the most prominent Evangelical political lobbying group in the country and managed to achieve a level of influence that eluded many of the other Evangelical groups that were founded for similar reasons. Due to its success and rise to power, the Moral Majority became a listing rod for those opposed to the belief that Christian principles should be legislated and the group also sparked the conversation within Evangelical circles throughout the country about the proper role that Christianity should play in the secular world. By taking a closer look at the leaders of the Moral Majority, how the group was organized, the theological foundations that inspired their active participation in politics, the continuing effect that the group had on both Christianity and politics, and conclusion of all those questions posed about the organization can finally be achieved.


Author birth year: 1983

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