Religion and American Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present / Edition 2

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During a Republican primary debate leading up to his 2000 nomination, George W. Bush famously identified Jesus Christ as his favorite philosopher. His ability to speak to the concerns of a politically active religious base earned him a massive portion of evangelical votes and signaled the continued prominence of religion in American political discourse.

Religion and American Politics provides essential background for this recent history. It offers a comprehensive overview of the interaction between religion and politics in America, from the colonial period to our own times. This book shows that the intertwining of religion and politics in the last few decades is nothing new. For instance, religious vitriol was spread around more widely during the Jefferson-Adams presidential race of 1800 than in the Bush-Kerry contest in 2004; and the public debate over the morality of slavery reached a depth and intensity beyond what has been seen more recently in debates over abortion or same-sex marriage.

Substantially updated and expanded, this second edition retains the core materials of the first and adds eight new chapters on the current state of American religion and politics. The book benefits from an interdisciplinary approach-the authors include leading historians as well as sociologists, political scientists, and observers from outside the United States. Diverse in their methodologies and themes, these essays provide the definitive overview of religion's role in American politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195317145
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/8/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors     xiii
Introduction   Mark A. Noll     3
A Protestant Era: Colonial Era to the Civil War
Religion and Politics in America from the First Settlements to the Civil War   John M. Murrin     23
Religion and Ideological Change in the American Revolution   Ruth H. Bloch     47
Rhetoric and Reality in the Early Republic: The Case of the Federalist Clergy   Harry S. Stout     65
Religion, Government, and Power in the New American Nation   John F. Wilson     79
The Democratization of Christianity and the Character of American Politics   Nathan O. Hatch     93
Religion and Politics in the Antebellum North   Daniel Walker Howe     121
Ethnoreligious Political Behavior in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Voting, Values, Cultures   Robert P. Swierenga     145
Methodists, Politics, and the Coming of the American Civil War   Richard Carwardine     169
New Configurations
Slavery, Race, and Political Ideology in the White Christian South Before and After the Civil War   Luke E. Harlow     203
Protestant Theological Tensions and Political Styles in the Progressive Period   Robert T. Handy     225
Roman Catholics and American Politics, 1900-1960: Altered Circumstances, Continuing Patterns   James Hennesey, S.J.     247
Tumults and Relignments since World War II
Faith Transformed: Religion and American Politics from FDR to George W. Bush   Lyman Kellstedt   John Green   Corwin Smidt   James Guth     269
Evangelicalism Becomes Southern, Politics Becomes Evangelical: From FDR to Ronald Reagan   Darren Dochuk     297
Viewed in Black and White: Conservative Protestantism, Racial Issues, and Oppositional Politics   Michael O. Emerson   J. Russell Hawkins     327
Roman Catholics and American Politics, 1960-2004   Peter Steinfels     345
Women, Politics, and Religion   Margaret Bendroth     367
Contemporary Views from Abroad     385
Why It Is Difficult for European Observers to Understand the Relationship between American Politics and Religion in the Twenty-First Century   Manfred Siebald     386
American Civil Religion and George W. Bush   Sebastien Fath     393
Crusade for Freedom, Exportation of the American Model, and George W. Bush's Second Inaugural Address   Massimo Rubboli     400
For God's Sake? American Religion and Politics Viewed from Denmark   Bente Clausen     406
Australian Perspectives on American Religion and Politics in the Bush Era   Mark Hutchinson     414
Canadian Counterpoint   Mark A. Noll     423
Quid Obscurum: The Changing Terrain of Church-State Relations   Robert Wuthnow     441
Religion, Politics, and the Search for an American Consensus   George M. Marsden     459
Index     471
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