What Democrats Talk About When They Talk About God

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-01
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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What Democrats Talk about When They Talk about God is a collection of essays on the religious communication of members of the Democratic Party, past and present-in office, while campaigning, and in their public and private writing. While many books on the market address issues at the intersection of church and state, none to date have focused exclusively on Democrats as important participants in the dialogue about religion and politics.

Author Biography

David Weiss is assistant professor at Montana State University, Billings.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Do Democrats Talk About When They Talk About God?p. 1
Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
The Religious Explorations of Thomas Jefferson and His Public and Private Expressions of Faithp. 11
Deities, Divisions, and Democrats: The "Political Left" and Religionp. 25
Past Presidents and Presidential Hopefuls
The Three Faces of John: Mutable Religious Personae in the 2004 Presidential Racep. 41
Bill Clinton's Looking Glass: A Metaphorical Analogy for the Faith and Values of the Democratic Partyp. 63
The "Voice of God" in Democratic Political Rhetoric: Exploring the Social-Political Gospel of John Edwardsp. 75
Al Gore's Rational Faith and Unreasonable Religionp. 93
The Religious Rhetoric of Barack Obama
The Audacity of Faith: An Inclusive Political Rhetoricp. 117
Dancing on the Wall: An Analysis of Barack Obama's "Call to Renewal" Keynote Addressp. 129
Change the Context, Build the Coalition: Democrats, Abortion Reduction, and the Politics of Articulationp. 155
Religion in Gubernatorial and Congressional Campaigns
Tim Kaine's Catholic Evangelical Rhetoricp. 177
Dwelling amongst the Righteous: Keith Ellison-Demagogue or Demon?p. 193
Indexp. 211
About the Contributorsp. 219
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