No Longer Exiles: The Religious New Right in American Politics

No Longer Exiles: The Religious New Right in American Politics

by Michael Cromartie
     
 

In the turbulent politics of the 1980s, few movements caused as much controversy as the newly mobilized "Religious New Right." It formed a crucial part of the Reagan coalition and helped transform the political life of several regions, notably the Sun Belt. But a directly related presidential candidacy, that of televangelist Pat Robertson, collapsed early, as other

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In the turbulent politics of the 1980s, few movements caused as much controversy as the newly mobilized "Religious New Right." It formed a crucial part of the Reagan coalition and helped transform the political life of several regions, notably the Sun Belt. But a directly related presidential candidacy, that of televangelist Pat Robertson, collapsed early, as other movement leaders (including Jerry Falwell) endorsed George Bush. By the end of the decade, both opponents and supporters were wondering just what the Religious New Right had accomplished, and what its potential was for the 1990s. Nine distinguished observers of the movement give their assessments in this provocative collection. Historian George Marsden of Duke, sociologist Robert Wuthnow of Princeton, and two political scientists, Robert Booth Fowler of the University of Wisconsin and Corwin Smidt of Calvin College, ponder the movement's past and future. Five other scholars-James Guth, Carl F.H. Henry, James Davison Hunter, Grant Wacker, and George Weigel-offer challenging responses.

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Editorial Reviews

First Things
The discussion is a bracing and informative antidote.
Commonweal
...provides an accessible, concise fix on the status of the movement.
Wisconsin Bookwatch
...important reading in the new political era.
Library Journal
Based on a 1990 conference in Washington, D.C., this book divides its inquiry into four chapters: ``The Religious Right: A Historical Overview,'' ``The Future of the Religious Right,'' ``The Failure of the Religious Right,'' and ``Evangelical Voting Patterns: 1976-1988.'' Written by individual academics, each chapter also includes a formal ``Response'' by a single conference participant and shorter ``Comments'' by others who attended. Conferees represented colleges, universities, and groups such as the American Family Association, Free Congress Foundation, and Association for Public Justice; not all, interestingly, were diehard conservatives. Jam-packed with lucid, enlightening, and stimulating observations on a most influential segment of American society, this is appropriate for academic, public, and high school libraries. Very useful chapter notes add to its value.-- Katherine Dahl, Western Illinois Univ., Macomb

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896331723
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
145
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Cromartie directs the Evangelical Studies Project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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