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Religion and Politics in the United States

ISBN-10: 0742518418

ISBN-13: 9780742518414

Edition: 4th 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Kenneth D. Wald

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Description:

This comprehensive guide illustrates the political mobilization of religious organizations in the USA, their impact at the ballot box, and their influence on the framing of national agendas. It stresses the diversity of religion in the United States and its consequences for American political life.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/14/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144

Tables and Figures
Preface
A Secular Society
The Puzzle of Religious Vitality
The Persistence of Religion
Possible Explanations
Why the United States?
Religion and Politics: Points of Contact
Understanding Religion
Incentives: The Causes of Religious Intervention in Politics
Opportunity: How Government Structure Encourages Political Action by Churches
Religion as a Political Resource
Limits on Religious Influence in Politics
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
Religion and the State
The Genesis of Church-State Conflict
Overview of Church-State Relations
How Far Can Government Go?
Raising the Wall of Separation
Making Sense of the Establishment Clause
Extending Free-exercise Claims
A Free-exercise Standard
The Politics of Church-State Relations
Loosening the Establishment Clause
Backing Away from Free Exercise
Can We Do Better?
Religion and American Public Policy
Interest Group Activities
The Question of Representation
Paths of Influence
The Judiciary
The President's Religion
Religion as a Political Issue
Limitations on Religious Influence
Religious Activism in Politics: Costs and Benefits
The Religious Dimension of American Political Behavior
Patterns of Religious Affiliation
Political Identity
Political Issues
The "Culture War" Thesis
Religious Differences and Social Standing
Religion and Political Values
Religion and Group Interests
The Role of Social Integration
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 Christian Right as a Mass Movement
The Impact of the Christian Right
The Consequences for Public Policy
Continuity and Change outside the Evangelical Camp
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 Reactions
Retrenchment
African American Protestants: The Perpetuation of Liberalism
The Infrastructure of African American Politics
Jews and U.S. Political Trends
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
References
Index