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Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. Religion and Politics in America offers a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. The authors explore the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that underlie religious political engagement while also highlighting the pragmatic and strategic political realities that religious organizations and people face today. Incorporating up-to-date scholarship and analysis of voting behavior through the 2008 elections, the fourth edition assesses the politics of conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements. Features include contemporary case studies, useful focus-study boxes, and timely discussions of Islam, Latinos, international affairs, and political culture.
"This thoughtful new edition closely tracks the current salience of religion to the political system, while carefully placing these developments in historical and theoretical context. It will promote discussion of the key issues in the field in both introductory and upper level courses—a real achievement."
—Paul A. Djupe, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Denison University
"Carefully re-organized and updated, the new edition builds on the impressive 2nd edition. Fresh insights abound in this accessible text."
—Clarke E. Cochran, Texas Tech University
"Religion and Politics in America is an invaluable primer on this increasing important topic. Well-written, well-researched and up-to-date, it combines a broad vision of the role of faith in American public life with sensitivity to the nuances of religious communities."
—John Green, Director, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron
"This outstanding book is must reading for anyone interested in religion and politics in the United States. The authors provide a current, comprehensive, and accessible examination of an exceedingly important subject."
—James M. Penning, Professor of Political Science, Calvin College
"A thoughtful, well-balanced work
Few books provide as comprehensive a survey of religion and politics in America as this one
A valuable book for students and scholars of religion and politics in America."
—Journal of Church and State
"(The authors) do the field of religion and politics a great service with this introductory yet sophisticated text."
—Religion and Politics Newsletter
"An outstanding synthesis of historical, sociological, and cultural perspectives on religious activism and church-state issues in the US."
"This book delivers handsomely on its title
The authors provide an insightful guide to both contemporary religion and contemporary politics in America. It is essential reading for those who would understand the often confusing cultural churnings that are transforming our public life."
—Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, author of The Naked Public Square; editor in chief of First Things
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|1||Religion and Political Culture in America: The Historical Legacy||5|
|2||Contemporary Religion and Political Culture||28|
|3||The Politics of Organized Religious Groups||54|
|4||Voting and Religion in American Politics||87|
|5||Religion and Political Elites||115|
|6||The Christian Right and American Politics||137|
|7||African American Religion and Politics||157|
|8||Women, Religion, and Politics||174|
|9||The Politics of Small Religious Movements||193|
|10||Religious Politics and the Legal System||209|
|11||Church and State in the Courts||229|
|12||Theories of Religion, Culture, and American Politics||250|