The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy / Edition 1

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"This book should convince even skeptics that religious ideas have practical consequences. The authors reveal the elective affinity between conservative theology and political conservatism on the one hand and liberal theology and political liberalism on the other. But their story is far from simple. Combining vignettes and survey data, they also reveal the subtle interplay of beliefs and social factors. A valuable book."—Leo P. Ribuffo, author of The Old Christian Right

"A fine book that provides invaluable help as we struggle to understand the contemporary political role of the Prostestant clergy, America's most underappreciated political elite."—Ken Wald, author of Religion and Politics in the United States

"The premier empirical analysts on the role of religion in American politics provide solid factual evidence on the theological orientations, social philosophies, and party alignments of ministers in eight Protestant denominations. Their findings brilliantly illuminate the roots of political behavior in contrasting theological persuasions."—A. James Reichley, author of The Life of the Parties

Author Biography: James L. Guth is professor of political science at Furman University and coeditor (with John C. Green) of The Bible and the Ballot Box.

John C. Green, professor of political science at the University of Akron, is the coeditor of Religion and the Culture Wars.

Corwin E. Smidt teaches political science at Calvin College and is the coeditor of Contemporary Evangelical Political Involvement: An Analysis and Assessment.

Lyman A. Kellstedt teaches political science at Wheaton College and is the coeditor of Rediscovering the Religious Factor in American Politics.

Margaret M. Poloma teaches sociology at the University of Akron and is the author of The Assemblies of God at the Crossroads: Charisma and Institutional Dilemma.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Drawing from extensive surveys of clergy in eight denominations, this major, up-to-date statistical study brings together detailed information on the participation of Protestant clergy in politics, especially over the last 30 years. The information is fascinating because the viewpoints of the clergy, who often seem hard to categorize, can differ dramatically. Despite these differences, the authors Religion and the Culture Wars, Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 have produced a work of particular interest to social scientists and politicians that unravels many of the mysteries of clergy participation in civic and social justice issues. In the 1960s, modern theologians trumpeted issues such as racial injustice and poverty. Now, increasingly, more orthodox clergy have become involved in such causes as abortion, pornography, and gay rights. The book helps in understanding church-state relationships. Recommended for larger public libraries and academic libraries.George Westerlund, Providence P.L., R.I.
Booknews
Drawing on two decades of survey research involving thousands of ministers nationwide, five social scientists explore the political lives of clergy in eight evangelical and mainline Protestant denominations, including the Assemblies of God, Southern Baptist Convention, United Methodist Church, and Presbyterian Church. They find that the competing theological perspectives of orthodoxy and modernism are increasingly tied to ideological and partisan divisions in American politics, and help illuminate the current relationship between church and state in America. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608690
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Politics of the Protestant Clergy: An Overview 7
2 Eight Protestant Denominations: Theology, Organization, and Politics 25
3 Theology and the "Two-Party System" in American Protestantism 43
4 The Public Church: The Social Theologies of Protestant Clergy 58
5 The Issue Agendas of Protestant Clergy 78
6 Shepherds Divided: Issues and Ideology among Protestant Clergy 96
7 The Real "Two-Party System": Partisanship and Voting Behavior among Protestant Clergy 116
8 Public Witness: Clergy Attitudes toward Political Activism 138
9 Petitioning Caesar: Political Involvement by Ministers 162
10 Conclusion: The Present and Future of Clerical Politics 185
Appendixes 195
References 199
Index 209
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