Christian Clergy in American Politics [NOOK Book]

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In recent decades, Christian clergy have ever more frequently had to decide whether to become involved in politics. When they do become involved, their influence can be substantial. In this book Sue E. S. Crawford, Laura R. Olson, and their coauthors explore the political choices clergy make and the consequences of these choices. Drawing on personal interviews and statistical data to place the actions of clergy in both their religious and secular contexts, the authors study mainline and evangelical Protestant, ...

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Overview

In recent decades, Christian clergy have ever more frequently had to decide whether to become involved in politics. When they do become involved, their influence can be substantial. In this book Sue E. S. Crawford, Laura R. Olson, and their coauthors explore the political choices clergy make and the consequences of these choices. Drawing on personal interviews and statistical data to place the actions of clergy in both their religious and secular contexts, the authors study mainline and evangelical Protestant, Catholic, and Mennonite communities. They examine the role of white, African American, and female religious leaders. And they address issues of local development, city government, and national and international politics.

Contributors: Christi J. Braun, Boston University School of Law • Timothy A. Byrnes, Colgate University • James C. Cavendish, University of South Florida • Sue E. S. Crawford, Creighton University • Katie Day, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia • Melissa M. Deckman, Washington College • Paul A. Djupe, Denison University • Joel S. Fetzer, Central Michigan University • James L. Guth, Furman University • Ted G. Jelen, University of Nevada-Las Vegas • Laura R. Olson, Clemson University • James M. Penning, Calvin College • Mary R. Sawyer, Iowa State University • Corwin E. Smidt, Calvin College

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Gilbert
This rich and diverse set of case studies clearly achieves the authors' goal of analyzing the political choices made by clergy and understanding the consequences of these choices. Christian Clergy in American Politics moves the field of clergy and politics forward in new and fruitful directions. Much of what is here is quite original—new data for analysis of clergy choices and consequences; new denominations that have not been previously considered in the political science literature; new methodological approaches; and a new overarching framework that makes a great deal of sense both substantively and in terms of the book's organization.
Booknews
Scholars of political science and religious studies explore the political choices and consequences of Christian clergy engaging in political debates and struggles during the latter 20th century US. Among the perspectives are women, African-American, Catholic, and Anabaptist clergy; urban contexts, and antidrug mobilizations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Religious Studies Review

Addressing an understudied social phenomenon, these essays examine the political influence of American clergy on their congregations... The high quality of the field research and the extensive editorial work set benchmarks for further publication in this field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801875137
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sue E. S. Crawford is an assistant professor of political science and international studies at Creighton University. Laura R. Olson is an assistant professor of political science at Clemson University. She is author or coauthor of Filled with the Spirit and Power: Protestant Clergy in Politics, The Religious Dimension of Political Behavior, and Religion and Politics in America.

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Table of Contents


Contents:



List of Tables

Preface



PART I: INTRODUCTION

1 Clergy in Politics: Political Choices and Consequences

Laura R. Olson and Sue E. S. Crawford

2 Notes for a Theory of Clergy as Political Leaders

Ted G. Jelen

3 Reflections on the Status of Research on Clergy in Politics

James L. Guth



PART II: POLITICAL CHOICES

4 Gender and Political Choices of Women Clergy

Sue E.S. Crawford, Melissa M. Deckman, and Christi J. Braun

5 Theocratic, Prophetic, and Ecumenical: Political Roles of African American Clergy

Mary M. Sawyer

6 The Construction of Political Strategies among African American Clergy

Katie Day

7 Clergy as Political Actors in Urban Contexts

Sue E.S. Crawford and Laura R. Olson

8 American Church or Church in America?: The Politics of Catholic Bishops in Comparative Perspective

Timothy A. Byrnes

9 The Mobilization of a Religious Elite: Political Activism Among Southern Baptist Clergy in 1996

James L. Guth

10 Reformed Preachers in Politics

James M. Penning and Corwin E. Smidt



PART III: POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES

11 Shaping Pacifism: The Role of the Local Anabaptist Pastor

Joel S. Fetzer

12 Cardinal O'Connor and His Constituents: Differential Benefits and Public Evaluations

Paul A. Djupe

13 To March or Not to March: Clergy Mobilization Strategies and Grassroots Antidrug Activism

James C. Cavendish



PART IV: CONCLUSION

14 Choices and Consequences in Context

Sue E. S. Crawford and Laura R. Olson



Notes

References

Contributors

Index

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