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Formicola also articulates how Evangelical moral influence eventually helped to shape public policy and partisan political support for the Republican Party and its candidates. She contends that the current unraveling of their relationship is becoming more visible and challenging as public demands for diverse moral values and political priorities grow. In place of the Evangelical-Republican symbiosis, Formicola maintains that progressive religious alternatives are developing, some of which are already being presented to voters by religious leaders and political candidates who are motivated by new socioeconomic needs and directions.
About the Author:
Jo Renee Formicola is professor of political science at Seton Hall University. She is the author of The Catholic Church and Human Rights (1988) and John Paul II: Prophetic Politician (2002) as well as coauthor of The Politics of School Choice (2002) and Faith-Based Initiatives and the Bush Administration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2003)