Onward Christian Soldiers: The Religious Right in American Politics / Edition 3

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In this revised and updated third edition of Onward Christian Soldiers?, Clyde Wilcox and Carin Larson present the history of a movement that has been active in politics for nearly 100 years, but whose influence has grown considerably in recent decades. They describe the groups, their agenda, and the tactics they have used to try to influence public policy. Their mobilization was critical in the Republicans’ rise to power in 1994, in George W. Bush’s reelection of 2004 in what many observers called the Values Election, and in the passage of constitutional amendments in many states banning same-sex marriage. Yet after years of mobilization, their policy agenda remains largely unfulfilled. Wilcox and Larson present a balanced account of the most controversial social movement of the 20th century. They see positive and negative effects of the movement in American politics, and see opportunities and dangers for the movement in the years ahead. Tackling the sticky political dilemma of the proper role of religious groups in American politics and showing how the contemporary religious right does--and does not--fit into that context, Onward Christian Soldiers?, Third Edition is a critical textbook for today’s political science students and one sure to promote active classroom discussion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343334
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2006
  • Series: Dilemmas in American Politics Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University. He has published a number of books on religion and politics in the U.S. and abroad, and on interest group politics, including Groups in American Elections: The New Face of Electioneering, Second Edition and The Values Campaign: The Christian Right in the 2004 Elections. He also writes on gender politics, campaign finance, and the politics of science fiction. Carin Larson is a doctoral student in political science at Georgetown University and is currently writing her dissertation on evangelical politics. She has published articles about religion and the Bush presidency, the lobbying of religious groups in state elections, and on evangelicals in American politics.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the Christian right in context 1
2 Revivals and revolution : the Christian right in twentieth-century America 27
3 The Christian right in American politics 67
4 Assessing the Christian right 123
5 The future of the Christian right 163
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