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Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices
     

Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices

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

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Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. In this fifth edition of Religion and Politics in America, the authors offer a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. They explore the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that underlie religious

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Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. In this fifth edition of Religion and Politics in America, the authors offer a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. They 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. Incorporating the best and most up-to-date scholarship, the authors assess the politics of Roman Catholics; evangelical, mainline, and African American Protestants; Jews; Muslims and other conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements. The author team also examines important subjects concerning religion and its relationship to gender, race/ethnicity, and class. The fifth edition has been revised to include the 2012 elections, in particular Mitt Romney’s candidacy and Mormonism, as well as a fuller assessment of the role of religion in President Obama’s first term. In-depth treatment of core topics, contemporary case studies, and useful focus-study boxes, provides students with a real understanding of how religion and politics relate in practice and makes this fifth edition essential reading for courses in political science, religion, and sociology departments.

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Revised from the first edition, published in 1995, this volume addresses the relationship between politics and religion in contemporary American public life. It focuses on broad themes, followed by more detailed discussion of the major American religious traditions, and concluding with clashing legal and constitutional views and how these disparate perspectives fit together in a diverse America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Praise for Previous Editions:

"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."
Theological Studies

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813348520
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Booth Fowler is Herbert and Evelyn Howe Bascom Professor of Integrated Liberal Studies and Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. An award-winning teacher, he is also the author of numerous books.

Allen D. Hertzke is David Ross Boyd Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma.  He is author or editor of several books on religion and politics, most recently The Future of Religious Freedom: Global Challenges.

Laura R. Olson is Centennial Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Kevin R. den Dulk is the Paul B. Henry Chair in Political Science and Director of the Henry Institute at Calvin College. He is the coauthor of A Disappearing God Gap: Religion and the 2008 Election and Pews, Prayers, and Participation: Religion and Civic Responsibility.

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