Onward Christian Soldiers?: The Religious Right In American Politics

Onward Christian Soldiers?: The Religious Right In American Politics

by Clyde Wilcox

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Onward Christian Soldiers?: The Religious Right In American Politics by Clyde Wilcox

They have money, influence, power—and they turn out to vote. They are credited with delivering a significant part of the Republicans' stunning 1994 electoral success, foreshadowed their status as major players in the elections of 1996.“They” are groups like the Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, and the religious right. But are they the greatest threat to liberty since Hitler or the last defenders of religious freedom and family values in America? In this book Clyde Wilcox tells us who they are, what their history has been in twentieth-century American politics, and how they might organize themselves for future political effectiveness. He tackles the sticky political dilemma of the proper role of religious groups in American politics and government while showing how the contemporary religious right does—and does not—fit into that context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813326979
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Series: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)

About the Author

Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University. He has published a number of books on religion and politics in the U.S. and abroad, and on interest group politics, including Groups in American Elections: The New Face of Electioneering, Second Edition and The Values Campaign: The Christian Right in the 2004 Elections . He also writes on gender politics, campaign finance, and the politics of science fiction.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

1 Introduction: The Christian Right in Context 1

What Is the Christian Right? 8

The Controversy 13

The First Amendment and Church and State 18

Religion and Politics in America 21

A Culture War? 26

Conclusion and Overview of the Book 27

2 Revivals and Revolution: The Christian Right in Twentieth-Century America 29

The Fundamentalist Religious Revolt 31

The Fundamentalist Political Revolt 37

The Anticommunist Crusades 41

The Fundamentalist Right of the 1980s 42

The Robertson Campaign 45

The Christian Right, 1920-1990: Continuity and Change 48

A Second Coming? The Christian Right, 1990-2004 49

The Passing of the Guard: The Christian Right After 2004 54

The Target Constituency of the Christian Right 55

Conclusion 73

3 The Christian Right in American Politics 75

The Christian Right in the First Decade of the New Millennium 77

Christian Right Action in Electoral Politics 100

Lobbying Government 123

Conclusion 138

4 Assessing the Christian Right 139

Why Do People Support or Join the Christian Right? 142

The Christian Right and American Democracy 147

The Christian Right Agenda: Is It Radical or Mainstream? 157

Conclusion 175

5 The Future of the Christian Right 177

Can the Christian Right Expand? 181

Can the Christian Right Come to Power? 188

Premillennialists in the New Millennium 201

Conclusion 202

Discussion Questions 207

Glossary 209

Notes 215

References 223

Index 235

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