Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America's Heartland [NOOK Book]

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No state has voted Republican more consistently or widely or for longer than Kansas. To understand red state politics, Kansas is the place. It is also the place to understand red state religion. The Kansas Board of Education has repeatedly challenged the teaching of evolution, Kansas voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage, the state is a hotbed of antiabortion protest--and churches have been involved in all of these efforts. Yet in 1867 suffragist Lucy Stone could plausibly proclaim ...

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Overview

No state has voted Republican more consistently or widely or for longer than Kansas. To understand red state politics, Kansas is the place. It is also the place to understand red state religion. The Kansas Board of Education has repeatedly challenged the teaching of evolution, Kansas voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage, the state is a hotbed of antiabortion protest--and churches have been involved in all of these efforts. Yet in 1867 suffragist Lucy Stone could plausibly proclaim that, in the cause of universal suffrage, "Kansas leads the world!" How did Kansas go from being a progressive state to one of the most conservative?

In Red State Religion, Robert Wuthnow tells the story of religiously motivated political activism in Kansas from territorial days to the present. He examines how faith mixed with politics as both ordinary Kansans and leaders such as John Brown, Carrie Nation, William Allen White, and Dwight Eisenhower struggled over the pivotal issues of their times, from slavery and Prohibition to populism and anti-communism. Beyond providing surprising new explanations of why Kansas became a conservative stronghold, the book sheds new light on the role of religion in red states across the Midwest and the United States. Contrary to recent influential accounts, Wuthnow argues that Kansas conservatism is largely pragmatic, not ideological, and that religion in the state has less to do with politics and contentious moral activism than with relationships between neighbors, friends, and fellow churchgoers.

This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand the role of religion in American political conservatism.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
With the publication of Red State Religion, we profit greatly from a majestically comprehensive account of Kansas' history. In turn, we get a truer story, one that inspires a less ideological reading of the state, perhaps freeing Kansans themselves from any notion of how they must think—or vote.
— Alexander Heffner
America
Robert Wuthnow, a brilliant sociologist of religion and himself a native of Kansas, gives us a careful sociological history of the intertwining of religion and politics in this quintessential red state. . . . In Wuthnow's nuanced and careful study, Kansans come across less as hayseeds or off-the-wall moralizers than as pragmatic conservatives, committed to traditional families and fiscal conservatism. They are skeptical of big government and dedicated to preserving simple and vital virtues. Wuthnow has penned a 'must read' book for those who would understand—and not just caricature—red state religion and how it intertwines with politics.
— John A. Coleman
Choice
[Wuthnow] takes Kansas state conservatism seriously in grounding his conclusions in archival research rather than journalistic sensationalism.
Christian Century
[Red State Religion] thoughtfully and compassionately explores the rich and complex political and religious history of the place.
— Rebecca Barrett-Fox
Voice of Reason
Red State Religion is a model of clarity and is surely one of the best books available on the intersection of religion and politics.
— Al Menendez
Philadelphia Inquirer - Alexander Heffner
With the publication of Red State Religion, we profit greatly from a majestically comprehensive account of Kansas' history. In turn, we get a truer story, one that inspires a less ideological reading of the state, perhaps freeing Kansans themselves from any notion of how they must think—or vote.
America - John A. Coleman
Robert Wuthnow, a brilliant sociologist of religion and himself a native of Kansas, gives us a careful sociological history of the intertwining of religion and politics in this quintessential red state. . . . In Wuthnow's nuanced and careful study, Kansans come across less as hayseeds or off-the-wall moralizers than as pragmatic conservatives, committed to traditional families and fiscal conservatism. They are skeptical of big government and dedicated to preserving simple and vital virtues. Wuthnow has penned a 'must read' book for those who would understand—and not just caricature—red state religion and how it intertwines with politics.
Christian Century - Rebecca Barrett-Fox
[Red State Religion] thoughtfully and compassionately explores the rich and complex political and religious history of the place.
Voice of Reason - Al Menendez
Red State Religion is a model of clarity and is surely one of the best books available on the intersection of religion and politics.
Journal of Ecclesiastical History - Andrew Preston
Elegantly written, passionately argued, and deeply researched, Red State Religion challenges our basic assumptions about the influence of the Religious Right in particular, and the role of religion in American politics more generally.
Great Plains Research - James E. Sherow
Wuthnow does an excellent job tracing the development of religious institutions in the state.
From the Publisher
Finalist for the 2013 Christianity Today Awards in Christianity and Culture

"Robert Wuthnow, a brilliant sociologist of religion and himself a native of Kansas, gives us a careful sociological history of the intertwining of religion and politics in this quintessential red state. . . . In Wuthnow's nuanced and careful study, Kansans come across less as hayseeds or off-the-wall moralizers than as pragmatic conservatives, committed to traditional families and fiscal conservatism. They are skeptical of big government and dedicated to preserving simple and vital virtues. Wuthnow has penned a 'must read' book for those who would understand—and not just caricature—red state religion and how it intertwines with politics."—John A. Coleman, America

"With the publication of Red State Religion, we profit greatly from a majestically comprehensive account of Kansas' history. In turn, we get a truer story, one that inspires a less ideological reading of the state, perhaps freeing Kansans themselves from any notion of how they must think—or vote."—Alexander Heffner, Philadelphia Inquirer

"[Red State Religion] thoughtfully and compassionately explores the rich and complex political and religious history of the place."—Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Christian Century

"Red State Religion is a model of clarity and is surely one of the best books available on the intersection of religion and politics."—Al Menendez, Voice of Reason

"Elegantly written, passionately argued, and deeply researched, Red State Religion challenges our basic assumptions about the influence of the Religious Right in particular, and the role of religion in American politics more generally."—Andrew Preston, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"[Wuthnow] takes Kansas state conservatism seriously in grounding his conclusions in archival research rather than journalistic sensationalism."—Choice

"Wuthnow does an excellent job tracing the development of religious institutions in the state."—James E. Sherow, Great Plains Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400839759
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 1,058,890
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Wuthnow, a native of Kansas, teaches sociology and directs the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. He is the author of many books about American religion and culture, including "Remaking the Heartland: Middle America since the 1950s" and "Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future" (both Princeton).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Preface ix
Prologue 1
Murder at the Glenwood 10



Chapter 1:. Piety on the Plains 17
Abraham Lincoln in Kansas 18
Establishing a Civic Order 29
Public Religion 35
Serving the Community 42
Church Expansion 47
Cooperation and Competition 57




Chapter 2:. An Evolving Political Style 67
Prairie Politics 72
Populism and Religious Politics 79
Protesting against Inequality 90
A Divided Party 95
Law and Order 101
For the Children 104




Chapter 3:. Redefining the Heartland 110
Harvest of Progress 112
Consolidation and Expansion 117
Forward-looking Initiatives 124
Church and State 130
Hunkering Down 134
Fundamentalism and the Great Depression 142
Simian Peasants 152
Novel Movements 162




Chapter 4:. Quiet Conservatism 169
Grassroots Resentments 171
The Senator from Pendergast 183
Hometown Religion 187
I Like Ike 200
A Well-Qualified Catholic 208




Chapter 5:. An Era of Restructuring 215
Stirrings on the Right 217
From Desegregation to Black Power 229
Nixon at Kansas State 241
Division in the Churches 252




Chapter 6:. The Religious Right 267
Mobilization on the Right 269
Government Is the Problem 279
The War in Wichita 287
Shifting the Focus 294
Questioning Evolution 303




Chapter 7:. Continuing the Struggle 312
The Churches and Activist Networks 314
Electing George W. Bush 321
Regulating Abortion 326
The Campaign against Gay Marriage 330
Evolution Revisited 338
The Death of Dr. Tiller 347
Swatches of Purple 354
Epilogue 361




Notes 371
Selected Bibliography 445
Index 465


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