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Religion and Politics in the United States, Sixth Edition, offers a comprehensive account of the role of religious ideas, institutions and communities in American life. Through a detailed review of the political attitudes and behaviors of major religious and minority faith traditions, the book establishes that religion continues to be a major part of the American cultural and political milieu while explaining that it must interact with many other factors to impact political outcomes in the United States. The sixth edition reviews the role of religion in the 2008 election, and includes fully up-to-date coverage of how religion informs the civil rights struggles of women and gay Americans.
Kenneth D. Wald is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is coeditor of the Cambridge University Press series Religion, Politics, and Social Theory and a member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Allison Calhoun-Brown is associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. Her research and teaching interests include public opinion, religion and politics, and African American politics.
Table of Contents
|List of Figures and Tables||p. ix|
|A Secular Society?||p. 1|
|The Puzzle of Religious Vitality||p. 4|
|The Persistence of Religion||p. 8|
|Stability or Change?||p. 13|
|Possible Explanations||p. 16|
|Why the United States?||p. 18|
|Religion in the American Content||p. 23|
|Understanding Religion||p. 24|
|Patterns of Religious Affiliation||p. 26|
|Basic Political Tendencies||p. 31|
|Religion and American Political Culture||p. 37|
|The Puritan Imprint on Colonial Thought||p. 38|
|Covenant Theology and the Right to Revolt||p. 41|
|Puritanism and Democracy: A Qualification||p. 44|
|"Total Depravity" and Institutional Restraint||p. 46|
|One Nation under God: A Civil Religion||p. 52|
|Civil Religion as a Double-Edged Sword||p. 57|
|One of Many Influences||p. 59|
|Religion and the State||p. 63|
|The Genesis of Church-State Conflict||p. 64|
|Overview of Church-State Relations||p. 67|
|How Far Can Government Go?||p. 73|
|The Judicial Record||p. 78|
|The Separationist Era (1940s-1970s)||p. 86|
|The Accommodationist Era||p. 93|
|The Politics of Church-State Relations||p. 98|
|The Constitutional Revolution in Perspective||p. 101|
|Mobilizing Religious Interests||p. 105|
|Studying Religious Interests||p. 106|
|Establishing Motive||p. 108|
|Establishing Means||p. 125|
|Religion and Political Action||p. 139|
|Religion Cultural Environment||p. 141|
|Institutional Context||p. 145|
|Partisan Political Alignments||p. 151|
|Influential Allies||p. 154|
|Policy Domain||p. 161|
|Religion and Public Opinion||p. 179|
|Economic Liberalism||p. 181|
|Moral-Cultural Issues||p. 183|
|Social Justice||p. 191|
|Foreign Policy||p. 195|
|What Culture War?|
|The Political Mobilization of Evangelical Protestants||p. 201|
|The Political Background||p. 202|
|Roots of the "New Christian Right"||p. 206|
|Building a National Movement||p. 209|
|Evangelical Political Action||p. 210|
|Organizational Transformation: The Second Generation||p. 212|
|Theories of Evangelical Mobilization||p. 216|
|The Impact of the Christian Right||p. 221|
|The Consequences for Public Policy||p. 222|
|Good Times? The Christian Right and the Bush Adminstration||p. 224|
|The Christian Right as a Mass Movement||p. 225|
|Continuity and Change in the Religious Center: Catholics, Mainline Protestants, and Jews||p. 239|
|Catholicism: Conflicting Political Impulses||p. 241|
|The Conservative Political Heritage||p. 242|
|The Transformation of Catholic Attitudes||p. 245|
|Abortion: The Catholic Response||p. 250|
|Is Abortion a Catholic Issue?||p. 253|
|The Political Traditions of Mainline Protestants||p. 259|
|Mainline Activism: Sources and Reaction s||p. 263|
|American Jews||p. 266|
|Religion and the Politics of Ethnic and Religious Minorities||p. 275|
|African American Protestants||p. 276|
|Latino Catholics and Protestants||p. 286|
|Muslim Americans||p. 291|
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints||p. 299|
|Other Faith Traditions||p. 305|
|The Other Minorities: Women and Gay People||p. 309|
|Women, Religion, and Politics||p. 312|
|Religion and Homosexuality||p. 328|
|Religion and American Political Life||p. 345|
|The Case against Religious Influence in Politics||p. 346|
|Assessing the Evidence||p. 352|
|The Case for Religion in Politics||p. 358|
|Religion in Public Conversation||p. 367|
|About the Authors||p. 455|
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