Under God

Under God

by Garry Wills

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439129609
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Garry Wills is an Emeritus Professor of History at Northwestern University. Born in Atlanta in 1934, he has taught widely throughout the United States. A prolific writer and scholar, Wills is the author of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg, Papal Sin, and What Jesus Meant. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1934

Place of Birth:

Atlanta, GA


St. Louis University, B.A., 1957; Xavier University, M.A., 1958; Yale University, Ph.D., 1961

Table of Contents

Introduction     15
Sin and Secularity     27
New Moral Language     29
Holiness and Gary Hart     41
Fatal Composure     51
Jeremiad: The Extreme Center     62
A Theology of Willie Horton     70
Playing to Win     76
Secular Innocence     86
Bible Beginnings     95
The Superman Trial     97
Scopes: Who Won?     108
Refighting Scopes     115
Bible Endings: "Premil"     125
Fundamentals     127
America's Miliast Founders     138
Reagan and "the Prophecies"     144
Fundamentalism and the Quayles     152
"Postmil": Pat Robertson     165
Coffee-Cup Apocalypse     167
Campaigning     176
"Claiming"     184
Politics and Black Religion     193
African-American Miliasm     195
Lincoln's Black Theology     207
Marginal Man     222
Preacher Jesse     235
Preacher Andy     245
What Did Jesse Want?     256
Politics and Pornography     269
"With Ladies Present"     271
In Praise of Censure     280
A Theology of Erotica     291
Politics and Abortion     303
Catholics: Mario Cuomo     305
Evangelicals: Francis Schaeffer     318
Feminists and Fundamentalism     329
Church and State     339
Religious Separatism     341
Jefferson: The Uses of Religion     354
Jefferson: The Protection of Religion     363
Madison and the Honor of God     373
Conclusion     381
Notes     387
Index     425

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Under God: Religion and American Politics 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wills brings a learned and sharp analysis to issues of politics and religion, mostly in discussions of 1980's presidential campaigns. The intellectual history component is at times lost in the journalistic descriptions; a tighter work would emerge from some revision. But Wills' insights into debates still current are gems not to be missed. As a history instructor, socialist, and agnostic/former Roman catholic, I find his combination of progressive politics and Augustinian religiosity a rare and rewarding perspective. a truly impressive mind, he has written brief books on Jesus, Paul and the Gospels, which I would recommend... as well any of his books on USA history.
librisissimo on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Substance: Disquisition on the interface of religion and politics instanced by the 1988 Presidential campaign. Some of the analysis seems plausible, but most feels like post-hoc entrail-reading. The book was published soon after the election and Wills clearly depends on the reader remembering the context; after 3 decades, not so much (more background and just plain facts would have helped the comprehension level immensely).Style: Journalistic analysis - need I say more?
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