One Electorate under God?: A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics

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One Electorate under God?: A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics by E. J. Dionne Jr.

The United States has been described as a nation with the soul of a church. Religion is discussed more explicitly and more urgently in American politics than in the public debates of any other wealthy democracy. It is certain to play an important role in the elections of 2004. Yet debates over religion and politics are often narrow and highly partisan, although the questions at hand demand a broader and more civil discussion. One Electorate under God? widens the dialogue by bringing together in one volume some of the most influential voices in American intellectual and political life. This book draws on a public debate between former New York governor Mario Cuomo and Indiana congressman Mark Souder, who discuss how their respective faith convictions have been both shaped by and reflected in their careers as public servants. This discussion, in turn, prompted commentary by a diverse group of scholars, politicians, journalists, and religious leaders who are engaged simultaneously in the religious and policy realms. Each contributor offers insights on how political leaders and religious convictions shape our politics. One Electorate under God arises from the idea that public deliberation is more honest—and more democratic—when officials are open and reflective about the interactions between their religious convictions and their commitments in the secular realm. This volume—the first of its kind—seeks to promote a greater understanding of American thinking about faith and public office in a pluralistic society. Contributors include Joanna Adams, Azizah Al-Hibri, Doug Bandow, Michael Barone, Gary Bauer, Robert Bellah, David Brooks, Harvey Cox, Michael Cromartie, John DiIulio Jr., Terry Eastland, Robert Edgar, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Richard Wightman Fox, William Galston, Robert George, Andrew Greeley, John Green, Anna Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Representative Amo Houghton (R-New York), Michael Kazin, Martha Minow, Stephen Monsma, Mark Noll, Rabbi David Novak, Ramesh Ponnuru, Representative David E. Price (D-North Carolina), Jeffrey Rosen, Cheryl Sanders, Ron Sider, Jim Skillen, Matthew Spalding, Jeffrey Stout, John Sweeney, Roberto Suro, Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Jim Towey, Doug Tanner, Mark Warren, Alan Wolfe, and Andrew Young.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815796572
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 06/14/2004
Series: Pew Forum Dialogue Series on Religion and Public Life
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 430 KB

About the Author

E.J. Dionne Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, cochair of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, and a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. Jean Bethke Elshtain is a Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago and cochair of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Kayla M. Drogosz is the senior research analyst for the project on religion and civil society at the Brookings Institution and coeditor of United We Serve (with E.J. Dionne Jr. and Robert E. Litan, Brookings 2003).

Table of Contents

How Would God Vote? an Introduction1
Part IFaith and Politics in Public Office
In the American Catholic Tradition of Realism13
A Conservative Christian's View on Public Life19
Continuing the Conversation24
Part IIExpanding the Dialogue
What Is a Christian to Do?41
Religion, Politics, and the American Experience48
The Conservatory of Virtue52
The Religious Left, Too Often Left Out57
American Politics and the Dissenting Protestant Tradition63
How Niebuhr Helps Us Kick the Secularist Habit: A Six-Step Program67
Once More, the Cross and the Flag72
Common Grace, Natural Law, and the Public Arena75
Faithful Consensus78
Rendering to Caesar and to God88
God Talk and the Citizen-Believer94
The Politics of Religion in a Sinful World96
Cuomological Fallacies101
The Puritans and American Politics106
Two Faces of Religious Pluralism in American Politics110
Religion, Politics, and a Changing America116
Protecting Religion from Politics121
Faith and Politics126
The Fate of the Christian Left129
The Myth of Secularism134
The Spiritual Dimension of Societal Life140
Governing Religion144
Particularist Religion in a Pluralist Political Arena150
Voting Not to Vote155
Religion, Faith, and Elections159
Reasoning Together164
Faith in Public Office168
The Personalization of Politics172
The Role of Religion in Electoral Politics176
Mobilizing Political Participation179
Religions and the American Religion184
Religious Liberty and the American Founding189
Thoughts on Religion and Politics194
Belief and Power200
Dignity in Work as an Article of Faith202
It's the Content That Counts208
Faith and the Public Square212
Faith Communities and American Democracy217
Faith, Freedom, and Toleration222

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