To Serve God and Mammon: Church-State Relations in American Politics / Edition 2

To Serve God and Mammon: Church-State Relations in American Politics / Edition 2

by Ted G. Jelen
     
 

Newly revised and updated, To Serve God and Mammon is a classic in the field of religion and politics that provides an unbiased introduction and overview of church--state relations in the United States.

Jelen begins by exploring the inherent tension between the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the First Amendment. He then examines how different

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Newly revised and updated, To Serve God and Mammon is a classic in the field of religion and politics that provides an unbiased introduction and overview of church--state relations in the United States.

Jelen begins by exploring the inherent tension between the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the First Amendment. He then examines how different actors in American politics (e.g., the courts, Congress, the president, ordinary citizens) have different and conflicting values that affect their attitudes and actions toward the relationship between the sacred and the secular. Finally, he discusses how the fragmented nature of political authority in the United States provides the basis for continuing conflict concerning church--state relations.

This second edition includes analyses of various recent court cases and the implications of living in the post--9/11 era. It also features discussion questions at the end of each chapter, a glossary of terms, and synopses of selected court decisions bearing on religion and politics in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589016378
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Series:
Religion and Politics Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the second Edition vii

Preface to the first Edition xi

Acknowledgments xix

1 The Religion Clauses: Competing Religious Values 1

2 The Uses of History 25

3 Debating the Public role of Religion: The Protagonists 57

4 From Christian America to Free Exercise: The Changing Nature of Church-State Relations 98

5 The Future of the Church-State Debate 129

Appendix Selected Supreme Court Decisions 153

Glossary 159

References 167

Index 181

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