The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy / Edition 1by James L. Guth, John C. Green, Corwin E. Smidt, Lyman A. Kellstedt
Pub. Date: 01/28/1998
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
"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.
Table of Contents
1. The Politics of Protestant Clergy: An Overview
2. Eight Protestant Denominations: Theology, Organization, and Politics
3. Theology and the "Two-Party System" in American Protestantism
4. The Public Church: The Social Theologies of Protestant Clergy
5. The Issue Agendas of Protestant Clergy
6. Shepherds Divided: Issues and Ideology among Protestant Clergy
7. The Real "Two-Party System": Partisanship and Voting Behavior among Protestant Clergy
8. Public Witness: Clergy Attitudes toward Political Activism
9. Petitioning Caesar: Political Involvement by Ministers
10. Conclusion: The Present and Future of Clerical Politics
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