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

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How do religion and politics interact in America? How has that relationship changed over time? Why have American religious and political thought sometimes developed along a parallell course while at other times they have moved in opposite directions? These are among the many important and fascinating questions addressed in this volume. Originally published in 1990 as Religion and American Politics: From The Colonial Period to the 1980s (4921 paperback copies sold), this book offers the first comprehensive survey of the relationship between religion and politics in America. It features a stellar lineup of scholars, including Richard Carwardine, Nathan Hatch, Daniel Walker Howe, George Marsden, Martin Marty, Harry Stout, John Wilson, Robert Wuthnow, and Bertram Wyatt-Brown. Since its publication, the influence of religion on American politics--and, therefore, interest in the topic--has grown exponentially. For this new edition, Mark Noll and new co-editor Luke Harlow offer a completely new introduction, and also commission several new pieces and eliminate several that are now out of date. The resulting book offers a historically-grounded approach to one of the most divisive issues of our time, and serves a wide variety of courses in religious studies, history, and 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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