Christian Political Activism at the Crossroads

Overview

This volume illumines the discussion being carried on between the religious right with its concern for moral responsibility in politics and the issue-oriented activists who are concerned with how Christians in America address human-rights and hunger issues. By bringing together both Christian scholars and activists from nearly all points of the political continuum, this book offers a rare glimpse into the reality of Christian diversity on the political task. The media often suggests a monist interpretation of ...
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Overview

This volume illumines the discussion being carried on between the religious right with its concern for moral responsibility in politics and the issue-oriented activists who are concerned with how Christians in America address human-rights and hunger issues. By bringing together both Christian scholars and activists from nearly all points of the political continuum, this book offers a rare glimpse into the reality of Christian diversity on the political task. The media often suggests a monist interpretation of "Christian politics." This book shows both the vitality and plurality of Christian politics in America. The book covers the historical background, activist perspectives, organizational structures, and participant characteristics with essays by Frank Roberts, David O'Brien, Ruth Tucker, James Reichley, Delton Franz, Betty Coats, Lucille Taylor, Bruce Buursma, Robert Zwier, Allen Hertzke, James Guth, Lyman Kellstedt, Corwin Smidt, Stephen Monsma and concludes with a suggestion of a new direction by James Skillen of the Association for Public Justice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819194107
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/31/1994
  • Series: Calvin Center Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
An Introduction to the Historical Calvinist Perspective on Christian Political Activism 3
History of Christian Political Activism: A Catholic Experience 13
Some Observations on Christian Women and Political Activism: An Historical Perspective 23
The History of Christian Political Activism: A Response 41
A Biblical Context for Political Advocacy 51
A View from Washington: The Political Strategies and Tangible Results of Activist Efforts 57
The Political Strategies and Tangible Results of Activist Efforts: A Michigan Perspective 73
The Future of the Religious Right 81
Christian Political Activism: Future Considerations 87
An Organizational Perspective on Religious Interest Groups 95
The Role and Effectiveness of Religious Lobbies: A Response to Robert Zwier 121
The Characteristics of Christian Political Activists: An Interest Group Analysis 133
The Characteristics of Christian Political Activists: A Response 173
Is it Time for New Directions in Christian "Activism?" 181
Contributors 199
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