Onward Christian Soldiers?: The Religious Right in American Politics

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They have money, influence, power - and they turn out to vote. They are credited with delivering a significant part of the Republicans' stunning 1994 electoral success, which foreshadowed their status as major players in the elections of 1996. "They" are groups like the Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, and the Religious Right. But are they the greatest threat to liberty since Hitler or the last defenders of religious freedom and family values in America? In his book Clyde Wilcox tells us who they are, ...
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Overview

They have money, influence, power - and they turn out to vote. They are credited with delivering a significant part of the Republicans' stunning 1994 electoral success, which foreshadowed their status as major players in the elections of 1996. "They" are groups like the Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, and the Religious Right. But are they the greatest threat to liberty since Hitler or the last defenders of religious freedom and family values in America? In his book Clyde Wilcox tells us who they are, what their history has been in twentieth-century American politics, and how they might organize themselves for future political effectiveness. He tackles the sticky political dilemma of the proper role of religious groups in American politics and government while showing how the contemporary Religious Right does - and does not - fit into that context.
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“At a time when the significance of the Christian Right has become harder to discern thanks to recent political developments, Wilcox and Robinson provide an informed and insightful account of this long-lived social movement. Readers of this new edition will find the same balance, fair-mindedness and wisdom that characterized the previous editions. On a subject so often treated polemically, this book remains a welcome corrective."
Kenneth D. Wald, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Florida

"A cogent introduction to the 'religious right' in American politics, now revised and updated. Wilcox and Robinson navigate this complex and controversial subject with skill and fairness, covering the movement's origins, goals, activities, and impact."
John C. Green, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Akron

“Wilcox and Robinson have only improved what was already a classic text. Onward Christian Soldiers? remains the ‘must read’ work on the Christian Right. However, it is not only an excellent introduction to the Christian Right movement; it also poses many challenging questions about the role of religion in American politics—and society.”
David E. Campbell, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

“Wilcox and Robinson present an excellent primer on the Christian Right in US politics as they trace its history and complex array of political organizations and internal divisions…This serves as the classic book on this subject. Highly recommended.”
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Praise for the previous edition:

“Onward Christian Soldiershas been required reading in my class on religion, politics, and public policy since it first appeared. Students find it invaluable.”
Richard Parker, Harvard University

“Maintaining the balance and careful tone that marked the first two editions, the authors address big questions about tolerance, compromise, and trust that challenge pluralist democracies. Given the growing political power of the movement at all levels of government, students will want to consider these issues in their courses on American government, parties and interest groups, and political participation.”
Linda L. Fowler, professor of government and Frank J. Reagan Chair in Policy Studies, Dartmouth College

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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 United States and abroad, and on interest group politics, including Interest Groups in American Elections: The New Face of Electioneering 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 Robinson is assistant professor of political science at Hood College. 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

List of Illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction: The Christian Right in Context 1
What Is the Christian Right? 5
The Context 8
Conclusion and Overview of the Book 20
2 Revivals and Revolution: The Christian Right in Twentieth-Century America 23
The Fundamentalist Religious Revolt 25
The Fundamentalist Political Revolt 30
The Anticommunist Crusades 34
The Fundamentalist Right of the 1980s 35
The Robertson Campaign 38
The Christian Right, 1920-1990: Continuity and Change 41
A Second Coming? The Christian Right in the 1990s 42
The Target Constituency of the Christian Right 45
3 The Christian Right in American Politics 59
The Christian Right in the 1990s 61
Christian Right Action in Electoral Politics 73
Lobbying Government 84
4 Assessing the Christian Right 93
Is the Christian Right "Rational"? 96
The Christian Right and American Democracy 101
The Christian Right Agenda 111
5 The Future of the Christian Right 131
Can the Christian Right Expand Its Base? 134
Can the Christian Right Come to Power? 141
Premillennialists in the New Millennium 147
Discussion Questions 153
Glossary 155
Notes 160
References 167
About the Book and Author 173
Index 174
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