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Religion and American Politics Classic and Contemporary Perspectives

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ISBN-10: 013603814X

ISBN-13: 9780136038146

Edition: 2011

Authors: Amy Black, Douglas Koopman, Larycia A. Hawkins

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This comprehensive text incorporates both original content from leading scholars and excerpts from classic and contemporary writings that will help students explore connections between religion and political culture, movements, institutions, and actors. Together, the collection of readings offers a broad and diverse overview of central debates about religionrs"s influence on American political history, political life, governing institutions, and public policy.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pearson Higher Education & Professional Group
Publication date: 7/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Amy E. Black is assistant professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College.

Religion in the United States: Historical Legacies
Our Mainstream Religious Heritage: Colonial Era to the American Revolution
Integrative Essay
John Witte, Jr. A Four-Cornered Canopy
Research Pieces
David L. Holmes. 2006. the Faiths of the Founding Fathers
Andrew R. Murphy. 1997. the Uneasy Relationship Between Social Contract Theory and Religious Toleration
Primary Sources
John Calvin. 1559. "Institutes of the Christian Religion: Book IV: Chapter 20."
William Brewster. 1620. "The Mayflower Compact."
John Winthrop. 1630. "A Model of Christian Charity."
"Massachusetts Body of Liberties." 1641
Roger Williams. July 15, 1644. "The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution."
"The Cambridge Platform." 1648
William Penn. 1670. "The Great Case of Liberty of Conscience."
John Locke. 1689. "Letter Concerning Toleration."
Forging a New Nation
Integrative Essay
Daniel Dreisbach. Religion and the Civil State in the American Founding
Primary Sources
John Adams. 1765. "A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law."
James Madison. 1784. "Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments."
Thomas Jefferson. 1786. "Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty."
Library of Congress. 1789. "House and Senate Debates" excerpts
President George Washington. 1789. "Thanksgiving Proclamation."
President George Washington. 1796. "Farewell Address."
Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins and Stephen S. Nelson. October 7, 1801. "Address of the Danbury Baptists Association."
President Thomas Jefferson. January 1, 1802. "Letter to the Danbury Baptists Association."
Alexis de Tocqueville. 1833. Democracy in America
Religion and American Political Life
Religion and American Civic Life
Research Pieces
Robert N. Bellah. 1967. Civil Religion in America
Grace Y. Kao and Jerome E. Copulsky. 2007. the Pledge of Allegiance and the Meanings and Limits of Civil Religion
Michael F. Bailey and Kristin Lindholm. 2003. Tocqueville and the Rhetoric of Civil Religion in the Presidential Inaugural Addresses
Robert D. Putnam. 2000. Bowling Alone: the Collapse and Revival of American Community
Primary Sources
Jean-Jacques Rousseau. 1762. Book IV, Chapter VIII: Civil Religion. the Social Contract
Alexis de Tocqueville. 1833. Chapters 2 and 5. Democracy in America
President Abraham Lincoln. March 4, 1865. "Second Inaugural Address."
General Dwight D. Eisenhower. June 6, 1944. "D-Day Prayer."
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. June 6, 1944. "D-Day Prayer."
President John F. Kennedy. January 20, 1961. "Inaugural Address."
President Bill Clinton. April 23, 1995. "Oklahoma City Speech."
President George W. Bush. September 14, 2001. "Remarks at the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance."
The American Religious Landscape
Integrative Essay
Corwin Smidt. Making Sense of the American Religious Landscape
Research Pieces
Will Herberg. 1960. Protestant���Catholic���Jew
Mark Silk. 2005. Religion and Region in American Public Life
Walter Sundberg. 2000. Religious Trends in Twentieth-Century America
Mark Chaves. 2004. Congregations in America
Lyman Kellstedt, John Green, Corwin Smidt, and James Guth. 2007. Faith Transformed: Religion and American Politics from FDR George W Bush
Fredrick C. Harris. 1999. Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism
Nathan J. Kelly and Jana Morgan Kelly. 2005. Religion and Latino Partisanship in the United States
Amaney Jamal. 2005. the Political Participation and Engagement of Muslim Americans: Mosque Involvement and Group Consciousness
Religion and Social Movements
Research Pieces
Christian Smith. 1996. Disruptive Religion: the Force of Faith in Social Movement Activism
Aldon Morris. 1984. The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change
David Chappell. 2004. A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow
Primary Sources
William Lloyd Garrison. December 14, 1833. "Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Convention."
Angelina E. Grimke. 1836. "Appeal to the Christian Women of the South."
Sojourner Truth. December 1851. "Ain't I A Woman?"
Frances Willard. 1876. "Home Protection I."
"Statement by Alabama Clergymen." April 12, 1963
Martin Luther King Jr. April 16, 1963. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
Malcolm X. April 3, 1964. "The Ballot or the Bullet."
Religious Groups in the Political Process
Integrative Essay
Kimberly H. Conger. Religious Interest Groups and the American Political Process
Research Pieces
Allen Hertzke. 1988. Representing God in Washington: the Role of Religious
Lobbies in the American Polity
Kevin R. den Dulk. 2006. In Legal Culture but Not of It: the Role of Cause
Lawyers in Evangelical Legal Mobilization
Edward L. Cleary. 2003. Religion at the Statehouse: the California Catholic
Primary Sources
2008 Christian Coalition Voter Guide. 2008
Muslim Public Affairs Council. Activate 08 Voter Guide: 2008 Election: A Look at the Candidates & the Issues. 2008
Catholic Answers Action. Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics. 2006
Brief of Amicus Curiae American Center for Law and Justice in Support of Respondents, Van Orden v. Perry
Brief for the Hindu American Foundation and Others, Representing the Interests of Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, as Amici Curiae in Support of Reversal, Van Orden v. Perry
Religion and Governing Institutions
Religion and the Presidency
Integrative Essay
Mark J. Rozell and Harold S. Bass. Religion and the U.S. Presidency
Research Pieces
Gary Scott Smith. 2006. Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush
Charles W. Dunn. 1984. the Theological Dimensions of Presidential Leadership: A Classification Model
President Abraham Lincoln. September 1862. "Meditation on the Divine Will."
President John F. Kennedy. September 12, 1960. "Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association."
President Jimmy Carter. January 20, 1977. "Inaugural Address."
Ronald Reagan. July 17, 1980. "Nomination Acceptance Address."
President George W. Bush. January 20, 2001. "Inaugural Address."
President Barack Obama. June 4, 2009. "A New Beginning," Cairo, Egypt
Religion and Congress
Research Pieces
Peter Benson and Dorothy Williams. 1982. Religion on Capitol Hill: Myths and Realities
John C. Green and James L. Guth. 1991. Religion, Representatives, and Roll Calls
Elizabeth Anne Oldmixon. 2005. Uncompromising Positions: God, Sex, and the U.S. House of Representatives
Michelle Gabriel. 2003. Prayer Groups Proliferate on Capitol Hill
Representative David Price. 2004. the Congressional Experience
Primary Sources
Senator Joseph Lieberman. Feb. 1, 2001. "Statement of Senator Joe Lieberman on the Nomination of John Ashcroft for Attorney General."
Representative Mark Souder. 2004. "A Conservative Christian's View on Public Life."
Representative Nancy Pelosi. June 16, 2005. "Nancy Pelosi Delivers Speech at National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast."
Senator Barack Obama. June 28, 2006. "'Call to Renewal' Keynote Address."
Senator John Danforth. June 17, 2007. "Onward, Moderate Christian Soldiers."
Religion and the Supreme Court
Integrative Essay
Paul Wahlbeck. Judicial Decision Making and Religion Cases
Research Pieces
Thomas E. Buckley. 2004. "A Mandate for Anti-Catholicism: the Blaine Amendment."
Jeffrey Toobin. 2007. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Peter Irons. 2006. People's History of the Supreme Court: the Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions have Shaped our Constitution
David O'Brien. 2008. Storm Center: the Supreme Court in American Politics
Primary Documents
Free Exercise Cases
Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940)
Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398 (1963)
Employment Division v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990)
Establishment Cases
Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971)
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 536 U.S. 639 (2002)
Locke v. Davey, 540 U.S. 712 (2004)
Religion in American Public Policy
Domestic Policy Debates
Integrative Essay
Katherine E. Knutson. Religion and Public Policy
Research Pieces
Hugh Heclo. 2001. Religion and Public Policy: An Introduction. Journal of Policy History 13(1): 1-18
Douglas Koopman. 2009. "Religion and American Public Policy: Morality Politics and Beyond."
Primary Sources
The Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. March 5-7 1946. "The Church and Race Relations,"
"Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern." November 25, 1973
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 1986. "Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy."
Evangelical Manifesto Steering Committee. May 7, 2008. "An Evangelical Manifesto: A Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment."
Domestic Policy Case Study: Environmental Issues
International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee. March 23-26, 1998. "A Common Declaration on the Environment."
National Council of Churches USA. 2006. "Resolution on Global Warming."
Evangelical Climate Initiative. January, 2006. "Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action."
Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. June 11, 2007. "An Open Letter to the Signers of 'Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action' and Others Concerned About Global Warming."
Foreign Policy Debates
Research Pieces
Samuel Huntington. 1996. the Clash of Civilizations
Madeline Albright. 2006. the Mighty and the Almighty
Walter Russell Mead. September/October 2006. "God's Country?"
Primary Sources
St. Thomas Aquinas. the Summa Theologica. Part II, Question 40
The Schleitheim Confession of Faith: Brotherly Union of a Number
Of Children of God Concerning Seven Articles. February 24, 1527
Mennonite Central Committee. February 1993/Conviction 4 Revised June 1994
A Commitment to Christ's Way of Peace
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 13, 2002. Statement on Iraq