From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic / Edition 2by J. Matthew Wilson
Pub. Date: 10/28/2007
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
From Pews to Polling Places
Does religion promote political mobilization? Are individuals motivated by their faith to focus on issues of social justice, personal morality, or both? What is the relationship between religious conviction and partisanship? Does religious identity reinforce or undermine other political identifications like a race, ethnicity, and class?
From Pews to Polling Places seeks to answer these questions by unveiling a rich mosaic of religious and ethnic perspectives including those of evangelical Christians, the religious left, Catholics, Mormons, African, Latinos, Jews, and Muslims. Along with these groups, the book takes a unique look at the role of secular and antifundamentalist positions.
Promment religion and politics scholars demonstrate how different theologies, histories, and social situations drive distinct conceptualizations of the relationship between religious and political life. At the same time, however, the book points to important commonalities across traditions that can inform our discussions on the impact of religion on political life. In emphasizing these similarities, the authors explore the challenges of political mobilization, partisanship, and the intersections of religion and ethnicity.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables vii
Prayers, Parties, and Preachers: The Evolving Nature of Political and Religious Mobilization Clyde Wilcox Carin Robinson 1
Evangelical and Mainline Protestants at the Turn of the Millennium: Taking Stock and Looking Forward Corwin E. Smidt 29
Whither the Religious Left? Religiopolitical Progressivism in Twenty-First-Century America Laura R. Olson 53
The Political Behavior of American Catholics: Change and Continuity Stephen T. Mockabee 81
Dry Kindling: A Political Profile of American Mormons David E. Campbell J. Quin Monson 105
From Liberation to Mutual Fund: Political Consequences of Differing Conceptions of Christ in the African American Church Melissa Harris-Lacewell 131
Power in the Pews? Religious Diversity and Latino Political Attitudes and Behaviors Louis DeSipio 161
The Evolution of Jewish Pluralism: The Public Opinion and Political Preferences of American Jews Paul A. Djupe 185
The Politics of American Muslims Paul A. Djupe John C. Green 213
Secularists, Antifundamentalists, and the New Religious Divide in the American Electorate Louis Bolce Gerald DeMaio 251
Religion and American Political Life: A Look Forward J. Matthew Wilson 277
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