Religion and Politics in the United States

ISBN-10: 1442201525
ISBN-13: 9781442201521
Edition: 6th 2010
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List price: $52.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 470
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
A Secular Society?
The Puzzle of Religious Vitality
The Persistence of Religion
Stability or Change?
Possible Explanations
Why the United States?
Religion in the American Content
Understanding Religion
Patterns of Religious Affiliation
Basic Political Tendencies
Religion and American Political Culture
The Puritan Imprint on Colonial Thought
Covenant Theology and the Right to Revolt
Puritanism and Democracy: A Qualification
"Total Depravity" and Institutional Restraint
One Nation under God: A Civil Religion
Civil Religion as a Double-Edged Sword
One of Many Influences
Religion and the State
The Genesis of Church-State Conflict
Overview of Church-State Relations
How Far Can Government Go?
The Judicial Record
The Separationist Era (1940s-1970s)
The Accommodationist Era
The Politics of Church-State Relations
The Constitutional Revolution in Perspective
Mobilizing Religious Interests
Studying Religious Interests
Establishing Motive
Establishing Means
Religion and Political Action
Religion Cultural Environment
Institutional Context
Partisan Political Alignments
Influential Allies
Policy Domain
Religion and Public Opinion
Economic Liberalism
Moral-Cultural Issues
Social Justice
Foreign Policy
What Culture War?
The Political Mobilization of Evangelical Protestants
The Political Background
Roots of the "New Christian Right"
Building a National Movement
Evangelical Political Action
Organizational Transformation: The Second Generation
Theories of Evangelical Mobilization
The Impact of the Christian Right
The Consequences for Public Policy
Good Times? The Christian Right and the Bush Adminstration
The Christian Right as a Mass Movement
Continuity and Change in the Religious Center: Catholics, Mainline Protestants, and Jews
Catholicism: Conflicting Political Impulses
The Conservative Political Heritage
The Transformation of Catholic Attitudes
Abortion: The Catholic Response
Is Abortion a Catholic Issue?
The Political Traditions of Mainline Protestants
Mainline Activism: Sources and Reaction s
American Jews
Religion and the Politics of Ethnic and Religious Minorities
African American Protestants
Latino Catholics and Protestants
Muslim Americans
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Other Faith Traditions
The Other Minorities: Women and Gay People
Women, Religion, and Politics
Homosexuals
Religion and Homosexuality
Religion and American Political Life
The Case against Religious Influence in Politics
Assessing the Evidence
The Case for Religion in Politics
Religion in Public Conversation
Notes
Reference
Index
About the Authors

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