Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics

Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics

by Facts on File, Laura R. Olson, Laura Olson
     
 

Religion has played an important role in U.S. politics, from the writing of the Constitution to the most recent presidential elections. The subjects of religion and politics in America seem to perpetually spark passionate debate and study. Issues such as abortion, capital punishment, prayer in public schools, and family values keep religion and politics closely…  See more details below

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Religion has played an important role in U.S. politics, from the writing of the Constitution to the most recent presidential elections. The subjects of religion and politics in America seem to perpetually spark passionate debate and study. Issues such as abortion, capital punishment, prayer in public schools, and family values keep religion and politics closely entwined in American public life and public debate.

Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics is an A-to-Z reference covering all facets of American politics and religion, from the early days of the American republic to the rise of the political power of the Christian Right. More than 600 entries cover key religious and political leaders, important historical events, descriptions of court cases, concepts, and religious denominations.

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Library Journal
Religious views have played important roles in forming and structuring specific policy objectives in the political arena. Here, political science professors Djupe (Denison Univ.) and Olson (Clemson Univ.) have compiled more than 550 introductory entries on the most significant historical and contemporary connections between religion and politics in the United States. Their goal was to collect facts about people, groups, jurisprudence, media, and events that together tell the story of the interaction between religion and politics in America. Consequently, the A-to-Z entries, ranging in length from a few paragraphs to more than a page, address broad topics, such as the U.S. Constitution, political parties, public policy issues, historic events, and significant Supreme Court cases. Also featured are short biographies of key figures, including religious leaders (e.g., Jerry Falwell) and presidents (e.g., George W. Bush). One group of entries covers religion in the presidential elections from 1800 to 2000, showing the connection of religion to both the Democratic and the Republican parties. Written by a team of 135 scholars of religion and politics, the articles serve as a reference for people searching for basic and detailed information, as well as a gateway to further reading (bibliographies are provided). With about 60 black-and-white photos, the encyclopedia is timely and accessible, updating such works as Robert Wuthnow's two-volume The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (1998) and Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics, edited by Jeffrey Schultz & others (1999). Recommended for most reference collections in public libraries.-L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L., IA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-An alphabetical listing of people, places, court cases, books, terms, events, and issues. The signed entries are written by academics as well as people working for such institutions as the Center for Public Justice, the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, and the National Women's Christian Temperance Union. The writing is clear, objective, and to the point. Entries average half a page in length and include discussions of "conscientious objection," "prayer in public schools," William Penn, the Ku Klux Klan, Roe v. Wade, religion and the vote in various elections, and more. While there is plenty of information available on these topics, these articles offer a starting point for student research. Many entries include cross-references and further-reading suggestions of journal articles, periodical references, books, doctoral dissertations, and Web sites. The black-and-white photographs interspersed throughout are often dark and/or grainy; the black-and-white reproductions are of higher quality. There are also a few charts. A secondary purchase for most libraries.-Maureen Connelly, John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816075553
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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