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Religion and Politics in America : Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices

ISBN: 9780813344362 | 0813344360
Edition: 4th
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Westview Pr
Pub. Date: 1/5/2010

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Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing.Religion and Politics in Americaoffers a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. The authors explore the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that underlie religious political engagement while also highlighting the pragmatic and strategic political realities that religious organizations and people face today. Incorporating up-to-date scholarship and analysis of voting behavior through the 2008 elections, the fourth edition assesses the politics of conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements. Features include contemporary case studies, useful focus-study boxes, and timely discussions of Islam, Latinos, international affairs, and political culture. Contents Introduction 1. Religion and Political Culture in America: The Historical Legacy 2. Christianity and Its Major Branches 3. Judaism, Islam, and Other Expressions of Religious Pluralism 4. Voting and Religion in American Politics 5. The Politics of Organized Religious Groups 6. Religion and Political Elites 7. Religion, Civil Society, and Political Culture 8. Religious Politics and the Legal System 9. Church and State in the Courts 10. Latino and African American Religion and Politics 11. Gender, Religion, and Politics 12. Theories of Religion, Culture, and American Politics Appendix: Selected Web Sites on Religion and Politic

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