The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America

The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America

by David Domke, Kevin Coe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199746745

ISBN-13: 9780199746743

Pub. Date: 09/09/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This volume offers a timely and dynamic study of the rise of religion in American politics, examining the public messages of political leaders over the past seventy-five years. The authors show that U.S. politics today is defined by a calculated, deliberate, and partisan use of faith that is unprecedented in modern politics. Beginning with the election of Ronald

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This volume offers a timely and dynamic study of the rise of religion in American politics, examining the public messages of political leaders over the past seventy-five years. The authors show that U.S. politics today is defined by a calculated, deliberate, and partisan use of faith that is unprecedented in modern politics. Beginning with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, America has seen a no-holds-barred religious politics that seeks to attract voters, identify and attack enemies, and solidify power. Domke and Coe identify a set of religious signals sent by both Republicans and Democrats in speeches, party platforms, proclamations, visits to audiences of faith, and even celebrations of Christmas. The updated edition of this ground-breaking book includes a new preface, an updated analysis of the last Bush administration, as well as a new final chapter on the Jeremiah Wright controversy, the candidacies of Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama's victory.

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ISBN-13:
9780199746743
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Edition description:
Updated Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Religious Politics 3

1 One Nation under God, Divisible 11

2 Political Priests 29

3 God and Country 49

4 Acts of Communion 71

5 Morality Politics 99

6 Religious Politics and Democratic Vitality 129

7 Act II 151

Acknowledgments 167

Notes 169

Index 237

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