In May of 1968, a high-profile trial began in Boston that dramatically illustrated a larger phenomenon fueling the rise of conservative Christianity in the United States. Five men had been charged with conspiracy for encouraging Americans to evade the draft. One of the prominent defendants in the trial was a Presbyterian minister and Yale
For decades mainline Protestants united liberal leaders with more conservative churchgoers. That union proved unsustainable in the wake of 1968.
By David Mislin