Religion and Politics in the United States

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-09-01
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

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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.

Author Biography

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 Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
A Secular Society?p. 1
The Puzzle of Religious Vitalityp. 4
The Persistence of Religionp. 8
Stability or Change?p. 13
Possible Explanationsp. 16
Why the United States?p. 18
Religion in the American Contentp. 23
Understanding Religionp. 24
Patterns of Religious Affiliationp. 26
Basic Political Tendenciesp. 31
Religion and American Political Culturep. 37
The Puritan Imprint on Colonial Thoughtp. 38
Covenant Theology and the Right to Revoltp. 41
Puritanism and Democracy: A Qualificationp. 44
"Total Depravity" and Institutional Restraintp. 46
One Nation under God: A Civil Religionp. 52
Civil Religion as a Double-Edged Swordp. 57
One of Many Influencesp. 59
Religion and the Statep. 63
The Genesis of Church-State Conflictp. 64
Overview of Church-State Relationsp. 67
How Far Can Government Go?p. 73
The Judicial Recordp. 78
The Separationist Era (1940s-1970s)p. 86
The Accommodationist Erap. 93
The Politics of Church-State Relationsp. 98
The Constitutional Revolution in Perspectivep. 101
Mobilizing Religious Interestsp. 105
Studying Religious Interestsp. 106
Establishing Motivep. 108
Establishing Meansp. 125
Religion and Political Actionp. 139
Religion Cultural Environmentp. 141
Institutional Contextp. 145
Partisan Political Alignmentsp. 151
Influential Alliesp. 154
Policy Domainp. 161
Religion and Public Opinionp. 179
Economic Liberalismp. 181
Moral-Cultural Issuesp. 183
Social Justicep. 191
Foreign Policyp. 195
What Culture War?
The Political Mobilization of Evangelical Protestantsp. 201
The Political Backgroundp. 202
Roots of the "New Christian Right"p. 206
Building a National Movementp. 209
Evangelical Political Actionp. 210
Organizational Transformation: The Second Generationp. 212
Theories of Evangelical Mobilizationp. 216
The Impact of the Christian Rightp. 221
The Consequences for Public Policyp. 222
Good Times? The Christian Right and the Bush Adminstrationp. 224
The Christian Right as a Mass Movementp. 225
Continuity and Change in the Religious Center: Catholics, Mainline Protestants, and Jewsp. 239
Catholicism: Conflicting Political Impulsesp. 241
The Conservative Political Heritagep. 242
The Transformation of Catholic Attitudesp. 245
Abortion: The Catholic Responsep. 250
Is Abortion a Catholic Issue?p. 253
The Political Traditions of Mainline Protestantsp. 259
Mainline Activism: Sources and Reaction sp. 263
American Jewsp. 266
Religion and the Politics of Ethnic and Religious Minoritiesp. 275
African American Protestantsp. 276
Latino Catholics and Protestantsp. 286
Muslim Americansp. 291
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saintsp. 299
Other Faith Traditionsp. 305
The Other Minorities: Women and Gay Peoplep. 309
Women, Religion, and Politicsp. 312
Homosexualsp. 325
Religion and Homosexualityp. 328
Religion and American Political Lifep. 345
The Case against Religious Influence in Politicsp. 346
Assessing the Evidencep. 352
The Case for Religion in Politicsp. 358
Religion in Public Conversationp. 367
Notesp. 369
Referencep. 383
Indexp. 441
About the Authorsp. 455
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