Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices / Edition 4

Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices / Edition 4

by Robert Booth Fowler, Allen D. Hertzke, Laura R. Olson, Kevin R. Den Dulk
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813344360

ISBN-13: 9780813344362

Pub. Date: 01/05/2010

Publisher: Westview Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813344362
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Edition description:
Fourth Edition, Fourth Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii

Preface xv

1 Religion and Political Culture in America: The Historical Legacy 1

The Puritan Temper 1

Religious Freedom and Pluralism 4

The Evangelical Dimension 10

The Populist Dimension 16

Conclusion 19

Further Reading 19

Notes 20

2 Christianity and its Major Branches 25

The Status of Religion in the United States 25

The Major Christian Traditions and Politics 31

Conclusion 44

Further Reading 45

Notes 46

3 Judaism, Islam, and Other Expressions of Religious Pluralism 53

Major Non-Christian Religions 54

Separatist Religions 61

Other Small Religions 64

A Comparative Case Study: Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses 66

Political Assessments 69

Further Reading 71

Notes 72

4 Voting and Religion in American Politics 77

A Historical Review 77

The Postindustrial Era 81

Conclusion 111

Further Reading 112

Notes 112

5 The Politics of Organized Religious Groups 119

The Evolution of National Religious Lobbies 120

Strategies for Effective Advocacy 122

The Legislative Process, Compromise, and Coalition Building 127

A Model of Religious Group Effectiveness 129

Progressive Protestant Groups 133

Roman Catholic Groups 135

Jewish Groups 138

Evangelical Protestant Groups 141

Muslim Groups 144

The Politics of Religious Minorities 146

The Globalization of Religious Advocacy 147

Religious Advocacy at the Statehouse 153

Local-Level Advocacy 155

Do Religious Groups Play a Distinctive Role in American Democracy? 157

Conclusion 158

Further Reading 159

Notes 160

6 Religion and Political and Cultural Elites 169

Religion and the Presidency 170

Religion and Congress 178

Religion andOther Political Elites 187

Religion and Cultural Elites 189

Conclusion 192

Further Reading 193

Notes 194

7 Religion, Civil Society, and Political Culture 201

The Tension Between Religion and Political Culture 202

Political Culture as a Context for Religious Participation 206

Religion, Civil Society, and Good Citizenship 208

Conclusion 215

Further Reading 216

Notes 217

8 Religious Politics and the Legal System 223

Judicial Politics 224

Key Players 277

Factors for Success 231

The Politics of Church and State 234

Conclusion 240

Further Reading 241

Notes 241

9 Church and State in the Courts 245

Religious Free Exercise 246

The Limits of Free Exercise 250

The Politics of Religious Establishment 255

Equal Access: An Alternative Approach to Church and State 263

Conclusion 265

Further Reading 267

Notes 267

10 Latino and African American Religion and Politics 269

The Changing Status of Latino Religion 270

Latinos in Public Life 273

African American Religion and Politics: Toward a Broader View 276

History and Black Political Attitudes 279

Connections Between Religion and Politics 282

Islam in the African American Community 284

Conclusion 288

Further Reading 289

Notes 290

11 Gender, Religion, and Politics 295

Gender and Religion in American Life 295

Religious Women's Diverging Perspectives on American Politics 297

The Politics of Women in the Pews 306

The Politics of Women Clergy 308

Conclusion 310

Further Reading 311

Notes 312

12 Theories of Religion, Culture, and American Politics 319

Culture Wars 319

The Secularization Thesis 323

The Culture Shift Thesis 326

Civil Religion 328

The Unconventional Partners Thesis 330

Populism 334

The Market Thesis, Religious Pluralism, and Politics 336

Toward the Future 337

Further Reading 338

Notes 338

Appendix: Internet Resources 343

Index 347

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