Robert Grant (Christian leader)

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Robert G. Grant (born 1936) is one of the early leaders of the Christian Right in America. He served as the chairman of Christian Voice, "the nation’s oldest conservative Christian lobby", and the American Freedom Coalition.[1]

Early life[edit]

Grant earned a B.A. in History from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois; Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California; and Doctor of Philosophy from the California Graduate School of Theology. He was also awarded a diploma from the St. Paul Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Conservative Republican political activism[edit]

Grant involved national conservative leaders including Gary Jarmin, Howard Phillips, Terry Dolan, and Richard Viguerie in his movement and made national headlines when Christian Voice-backed candidates including Ronald Reagan, Steve Symms, Dan Quayle, and John East defeated entrenched incumbents in the 1978 and 1980 elections.

After Grant ousted Phillips, Dolan, and Viguerie several years later, the trio went on to recruit Jerry Falwell to build a new Christian Right organization, the Moral Majority. Grant's movement was said to have played a significant role in the election of President Ronald Reagan in 1980 and dozens of imitators were founded including Concerned Women for America, American Coalition for Traditional Values, and the Christian Coalition. Grant is an ordained Baptist minister.

Grant appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, CBS, NBC News, the Morton Downey, Jr. Show, Good Morning America, CBS Nightwatch and over 2,000 local and national radio and television talk shows He was quoted in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Christianity Today, and hundreds of other publications.[2]

Grant also at times served as a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, as the co-host of the national television talk show Let Freedom Ring, in various ministerial positions, as the religion editor of The Washington Times, on the Publisher's Council of Conservative Digest Magazine, and led over 125 pilgrimages to Israel.

Main positions and recognitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diamond, Sara (1989). Spiritual warfare: the politics of the Christian right. South End Press. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-89608-361-5. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  2. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20030526131619/http://www.christianvoiceonline.com/about/rgrant.php About Us -Christian Voice, Inc. Founding Chairman: Dr. Robert G. Grant.

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