The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society

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Currently, public religion is in a time of flux and the notion of the common good—once associated with the Protestant voice in America—is openly contested by new religious coalitions seeking to communicate their version of the truth and plant their stake in the public domain. This edited volume reflects on the changing tone and form of the public voice of religion, on its function in American society, and on its relationship to the private world of religion. It proposes that public religion, when exercised in a ...

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Overview

Currently, public religion is in a time of flux and the notion of the common good—once associated with the Protestant voice in America—is openly contested by new religious coalitions seeking to communicate their version of the truth and plant their stake in the public domain. This edited volume reflects on the changing tone and form of the public voice of religion, on its function in American society, and on its relationship to the private world of religion. It proposes that public religion, when exercised in a civil and accountable way, can be a responsible and prophetic voice in public life and enrich the American experiment in liberal democracy. The contributors—first-rate scholars including Martin Marty and Robert Belah—focus on public religion's influence on controversial issues such as multiculturalism, economic inequality, abortion, and homosexuality.

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"This is a thought-provoking book….[U]seful in graduate classes on organizational theory and, of course, religion. General Rev Srce Contemporary Sociology."

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Contemporary Sociology

"The essays in the collection are accessible and well written, and reflect the level of scholarship brought by the contributing authors. [T]he collection is a pleasure to read, and provides much food for thought about the ramifications of religion engaged in the world. An important subject for anyone interested in the life and interaction of religious bodies, this collection will also provide those engaged in public life religious communities much to think about."

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Swatos, Executive Officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and Wellman, associate pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, are joined by renowned scholars in the sociology of religion in this collection of articles discussing various aspects of the concept of public religion. Topics include religion in the creation of a common American culture, the study of religion, religion and homosexuality, public religion and economic inequality, and how religion and morality fit in with the deprivatization of America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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WILLIAM H. SWATOS, JR. is Executive Officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and of the Religious Research Association.

JAMES K. WELLMAN, JR. is a Lecturer in the Comparative Religion Program at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The the Public and the Public's Publics 1
2 Can Religion Be Religious in Public? 19
3 Public Religion Vis-a-Vis the Prophetic Role of Religion 33
4 Is There a Common American Culture? Diversity, Identity, and Morality in American Public Life 53
5 Why Study About Religion? The Contribution of the Study of Religion to American Public Life 69
6 Table Manners: Sitting Around the Public Table 85
7 Public Religion and Economic Inequality 101
8 Conserving Religious Identity While Doing Public Theology: On Public Churches and Common Ground 115
9 Religion Out of the Closet: Public Religion and Homosexuality 131
10 Public Religion and New Religions 153
11 Public Religion and Hegemony: Contesting the Language of the Common Good 169
12 The Public and the Pubic: Is Nothing Private Anymore? 187
Notes 201
Selected Bibliography 225
Index 229
About the Contributors 235
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