Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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List of Figures and Tables

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pp. vii-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

The relationship between religious faith and political action is an increasingly important and popular area of inquiry, both for scholars in the social sciences and for pundits in the popular press. Domestically, the presidential contest of 2004 was widely seen as a “moral values” election, and prominent...

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ONE: Prayers, Parties, and Preachers: The Evolving Nature of Political and Religious Mobilization

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pp. 1-28

In january 2004, george w. bush launched his reelection campaign in his State of the Union Address. He condemned steroid use, called for expanded spending on abstinence education, seemed to endorse a constitutional amendment to bar same-sex marriage, and announced an executive order...

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TWO: Evangelical and Mainline Protestants at the Turn of the Millennium: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

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pp. 29-52

American society is distinctively religious in nature, and religion has played an important role in American politics since the beginning of the republic. This is due in part to the fact that, compared with those in many other Western industrial states, Americans continue to exhibit a high level of religiosity. But even the presence of such religious life and vitality does not, in...

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THREE: Whither the Religious Left? Religiopolitical Progressivism in Twenty-First-Century America

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pp. 53-80

After the 2004 presidential election, much was made of conservative Christian voters’ role in the reelection of George W. Bush to a second term in the White House. The much-touted exit poll finding that moral values were the most important election day concern of 22 percent of voters highlights the fact that...

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FOUR: The Political Behavior of American Catholics: Change and Continuity

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pp. 81-104

During the last several American presidential campaigns, even a casual observer would have encountered a considerable amount of news coverage devoted to candidates’ efforts to attract the “Catholic vote.” The size of the Roman Catholic tradition—comprising about 25 percent of the electorate...

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FIVE: Dry Kindling: A Political Profile of American Mormons

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pp. 105-130

This chapter is premised on the simple assertion that, in seeking to understand the impact religion has on American politics, Mormons matter.1 Sheer demographics alone would suggest this to be the case: Since its founding in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints (the LDS Church) has grown...

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SIX: From Liberation to Mutual Fund: Political Consequences of Differing Conceptions of Christ in the African American Church

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pp. 131-160

When studying the influence of religion on political be havior, the social science literature has tended to approach the black church as a social, political, and religious organization. Investigating the connection between the church and political action, this research either stresses the organizational resources...

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SEVEN: Power in the Pews? Religious Diversity and Latino Political Attitudes and Behaviors

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pp. 161-184

Discussions of american catholicism often marginalize the importance of Latinos to the dynamism of the faith.1 That most Latinos are Catholics is taken as a truism. At the same time, however, the experiences of Latinos as Catholics and the Latino relationship with non-Latino Catholics is largely...

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EIGHT: The Evolution of Jewish Pluralism: The Public Opinion and Political Preferences of American Jews

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pp. 185-212

What are the politics of American Jews in the new millennium, and how have they changed? Jews have been stalwart com ponents of the fading New Deal coalition and have retained their Democratic affiliations while other erstwhile partners in that coalition have fragmented....

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NINE: The Politics of American Muslims

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pp. 213-250

Islam represents a largely new addition to American religious pluralism. A small but rapidly growing group, American Muslims have attracted considerable attention in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent wars on terrorism and in Afghanistan and Iraq. But these...

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TEN: Secularists, Antifundamentalists, and the New Religious Divide in the American Electorate

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pp. 251-276

One of the more interesting developments in American politics during the past decade has been the appearance of a new type of voter: the “anti–Christian fundamentalist” (Bolce and De Maio 1999a). Antifundamentalists, of course, have been on the cultural scene since the split between theologically...

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ELEVEN: Religion and American Political Life: A Look Forward

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pp. 277-286

As the preceding chapters in this volume have made clear, the interaction between religion and politics in America is profound. People from a rich variety of religious backgrounds seek to apply the teachings, principles, and moral wisdom derived from their traditions to their political life, to bring their...

References

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pp. 287-308

Contributors

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pp. 309-314

Index

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pp. 315-324