Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics

Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics

by Jeffrey D. Schultz, John G. West, Iain Maclean
     
 

Today, such issues as abortion, capital punishment, sex education, racism, prayer in public schools, and family values keep religion and politics closely entwined in American public life. This encyclopedia is an A-to-Z listing of a broad range of topics related to religious issues and politics, ranging from the religious freedom sought by the Pilgrims in the 1620s

Overview

Today, such issues as abortion, capital punishment, sex education, racism, prayer in public schools, and family values keep religion and politics closely entwined in American public life. This encyclopedia is an A-to-Z listing of a broad range of topics related to religious issues and politics, ranging from the religious freedom sought by the Pilgrims in the 1620s to the rise of the religious right in the 1980s.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[T]hree helpful appendixes. . . . Deserves inclusion in all collections." - Choice

"[T]hese titles tie it together in balanced, current, convenient volumes that will prove useful to many high-school, public, and academic libraries." - Reference & User Service Quarterly

"A very thorough appendix. . . . Anyone investigating the nexus between these two powerful forces in American history and society will do well to turn this encyclopedia for a wealth of useful information on this topic." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"[C]omprehensive and thoughtful . . . nicely packaged. . . . A valuable resource is included near the end of the encyclopedia with a listing of major national religious organzations representing a variety of beliefs, complete with addresses and phone numbers and descriptions of the groups' purposes." - Rettig on Reference

"The editors of this monumental book bit off a great deal of material and have treated it exceedingly well. Virtually every man, woman, movement, cause, event and debate in American politics since the founding of the republic is described with scholarly care and precision. . . . [A] worthwhile book that must find a place in every theological library and as indispensable reference work for the political scientist." - The Topeka Capital-Journal

"[T]he work as a whole is excellent and should considered for purchase for the reference collections of most academic and public libraries. The work provides useful contextual information for many issues that are still being hotly debated today as they were in the early years of the United States." - The Living Church

Booknews
Seven hundred alphabetically arranged entries cover religious leaders who were politically active and political leaders who were actively religious, and include significant historical events, court cases, concepts, and specific denominations. Entries include cross references and bibliographies. The time period covered spans from the adoption of the Constitution through to the present day. Three appendices present speeches and documents, organizations, and a detailed timeline. The volume begins with a foreword written by Helen Thomas, UPI's White House Bureau chief. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573561303
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/15/1998
Series:
American Political Landscape Series
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey D. Schultz is president of Jeffrey D. Schultz & Co., Inc. He has taught political science and history at a number of colleges, including White Pines College and Colorado College. He was the associate editor for the two-volume Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party and the two-volume Encyclopedia of the Republican Party. He is currently editing a book on presidential scandals.

John G. West, Jr., is assistant professor of political science at Seattle Pacific University and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. He has written numerous articles, speeches, and presentations on the subject of American politics and the role of religion in American politics. West holds a PhD in government from Claremont Graduate School.

Iain Maclean is assistant professor of Western-religious thought, Department of Philosophy and Religion, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He has written several articles, speeches, and presentations on the subject of religion and society. Maclean holds a ThD in religion and society from Harvard Divinity School.

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