Religion and Politics in the United States / Edition 5

Religion and Politics in the United States / Edition 5

by Kenneth D. Wald, Allison Calhoun-Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742540405

ISBN-13: 9780742540408

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

From marriage equality, to gun control, to immigration reform and the threat of war, religion plays a fascinating and crucial part in our nation's political process and in our culture at large. Now in its seventh edition, Religion and Politics in the United States includes analyses of the nation's most pressing political matters regarding religious freedom, and the

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From marriage equality, to gun control, to immigration reform and the threat of war, religion plays a fascinating and crucial part in our nation's political process and in our culture at large. Now in its seventh edition, Religion and Politics in the United States includes analyses of the nation's most pressing political matters regarding religious freedom, and the ways in which that essential constitutional freedom situates itself within modern America.

The book also explores the ways that religion has affected the orientation of partisan politics in the United States. Through a detailed review of the political attitudes and behaviors of major religious and minority faith traditions, the book establishes that religion continues to be a major part of the American cultural and political milieu while explaining that it must interact with many other factors to influence political outcomes in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742540408
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.45(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface

1. A Secular Society?
The Puzzle of Religious Vitality
The Persistence of Religion
Stability or Change?
Possible Explanations
Why the United States?

2. Religion in the American Context
Understanding Religion
Patterns of Religious Affiliation
Basic Political Tendencies
Conclusion

3. Religion and American Political Culture
The Puritan Imprint on Colonial Thought
Covenant Theology and the Right to Revolt
Puritanism and Democracy: A Qualification
“Total Depravity” and Institutional Restraint
One Nation under God: A Civil Religion
Civil Religion as a Double-Edged Sword
One of Many Influences

4. Religion and the State
The Genesis of Church-State Conflict
Overview of Church-State Relations
How Far Can Government Go?
The Judicial Record
The Separationist Era (1940s–1970s)
The Accomodationist Era
The Politics of Church-State Relations
The Constitutional Revolution in Perspective
The Cutting Edge

5. Mobilizing Religious Interests
Studying Religious Interests
Establishing Motive
Establishing Means
Conclusion

6. Religion and Political Action
Religious Cultural Environment
Institutional Contexts
Partisan Political Alignments
Influential Allies
Policy Domain
Conclusion

7. Religion and Public Opinion
Economic Liberalism
Moral-Cultural Issues
Social Justice
Foreign Policy
What Culture War?

8. The Political Mobilization of Evangelical Protestants
The Political Background
Roots of the “New Christian Right”
Building a National Movement
Evangelical Political Action
Organizational Transformation: The Second Generation
Theories of Evangelical Mobilization
The Impact of the Christian Right
The Consequences for Public Policy
Good Times? The Christian Right and the Bush Administration
Assessing the Christian Right
Strategic Realities
Conclusion

9. Continuity and Change in the Religious Center
Catholicism: Conflicting Political Impulses
The Conservative Political Heritage
The Transformation of Catholic Attitudes
Abortion: The Catholic Response
Is Abortion a Catholic Issue?
The Political Traditions of Mainline Protestants
Mainline Activism: Sources and Reactions
American Jews

10. Religion and the Politics of Ethnic and Religious Minorities
African American Protestants
Latino Catholics and Protestants
Muslim Americans
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Other Faith Traditions
Conclusion

11. The Other Minorities
Women, Religion, and Politics
Homosexuals
Religion and Homosexuality
Conclusion

12. Religion and American Political Life
The Case against Religious Influence in Politics
Assessing the Evidence
The Case for Religion in Politics
Religion in Public Conversation

Notes
References
Index
About the Authors

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