Religion & The Culture Wars

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As the 20th Century draws to a close, cultural conflict plays an increasingly dominant role in American politics, with religion acting as a catalyst in the often bitter confrontations ranging from abortion to public education. These insightful essays by leading scholars in the field examine the role of religion in these 'culture wars' and present a mixed assessment of the scope and divisiveness of such conflicts.

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1 Introduction: Religion and the Culture Wars 1
2 The Politics of the Christian Right 7
3 The Moralizing Minority: Christian Right Support among Political Contributors 30
4 A Look at the "Invisible Army": Pat Robertson's 1988 Activist Corps 44
5 Onward Christian Soldiers: Religious Activist Groups in American Politics 62
6 The Christian Right in the Republican Party: The Case of Pat Robertson's Supporters 86
7 Faith and Election: The Christian Right in Congressional Campaigns 1978-1988 103
8 Politics in a New Key: Religiosity and Participation among Political Activists 117
9 The Bully Pulpit: Southern Baptist Clergy and Political Activism 1980-92 146
10 Grasping the Essentials: The Social Embodiment of Religion and Political Behavior 174
11 Measuring Fundamentalism: An Analysis of Different Operational Strategies 193
12 The Spirit-Filled Movements and American Politics 219
13 The Puzzle of Evangelical Protestantism: Core, Periphery, and Political Behavior 240
14 Religious Voting Blocs in the 1992 Election: The Year of the Evangelical? 267
15 Has Godot Finally Arrived? Religion and Realignment 291
16 The Political Relevance of Religion: The Correlates of Mobilization 300
17 Religion and Foreign Policy Attitudes: The Case of Christian Zionism 330
Index 361
About the Authors 369
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