Bush: ‘3rd Awakening’ of Religion Underway
Posted on Sep 13, 2006
Speaking to conservative journalists, the president said he sees a “third awakening” of religiosity in America that has coincided with the so-called war on terror—which he depicted as “a confrontation between good and evil.” (h/t: Huff Po)
It must be comforting to see the entire world in black and white. It obviates the need for, you know, thinking.
President Bush said yesterday that he senses a “Third Awakening” of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation’s struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as “a confrontation between good and evil.”
Bush told a group of conservative journalists that he notices more open expressions of faith among people he meets during his travels, and he suggested that might signal a broader revival similar to other religious movements in history. Bush noted that some of Abraham Lincoln’s strongest supporters were religious people “who saw life in terms of good and evil” and who believed that slavery was evil. Many of his own supporters, he said, see the current conflict in similar terms.
“A lot of people in America see this as a confrontation between good and evil, including me,” Bush said during a 1 1/2 -hour Oval Office conversation on cultural changes and a battle with terrorists that he sees lasting decades. “There was a stark change between the culture of the ‘50s and the ‘60s—boom—and I think there’s change happening here,” he added. “It seems to me that there’s a Third Awakening.”