Politics and Religion in the United States

ISBN-10: 0415644631
ISBN-13: 9780415644631
Edition: 2nd 2014 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/20/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

There is a complex relationship between religiosity and secularism in the American experience. America is notable both for its strict institutional separation of church and state, and for the strong role that religion has played in its major social movements and ongoing political life. This book seeks to illuminate for readers the dynamics underlying this seeming paradox, and to examine how the various religious groups in America have approached and continue to approach the tensions between sacred and secular. This much-anticipated revision brings Corbett and Corbett’s classic text fully up to date. The second edition continues with a thorough discussion of historical origins of religion in political life, constitutional matters, public opinion, and the most relevant groups, all while taking theology seriously. Revisions include fully updating all the public opinion data, fuller incorporation of voting behavior among different religious and demographic groups, enhanced discussion of minority religions such as Mormonism and Islam, and new examples throughout.

J. Matthew Wilson is associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

Politics and Religion: An Overview
Religion and History
The Colonial and Founding Eras
Religion and Politics in American History: 1800-1960
Religion and Politics in America since 1960
Religion and the First Amendment
The Establishment Clause
The Free Exercise Clause
Religion and Public Opinion
Public Opinion about Religion and Politics
Religious Orientations and Political Behavior among White Americans
Religion and Politics in Racial Minority Communities
Effects of Religious Influences in Politics
Religion and Interest Group Activity
Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate
Conclusion: Is America a Secular or a Religious Nation?

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