Evangelicals and Democracy in America
Religion and Politics
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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From the beginning, Americans have held disparate views on the role religion should play in public life. On the one hand, many colonial governments were established under biblical covenants, where God was called upon to witness the creation of the...
PART I: Christian Conservatives and Partisan Politics
Chapter 1: A Global Perspective: U.S. Exceptionalism (Again?)
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Since at least the mid-twentieth century, Protestants have been part of the bedrock Republican voting base. In the early 1990s, the American party system experienced an important long-term realignment, however: as the religious population shifted toward the...
Chapter 2: Interests, Values, and Party Identification between 1972 and 2006
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Conservative Protestants developed political clout just as two other major political trends emerged in the United States. The South realigned with the Republicans and party loyalty once again dictated the outcome of presidential elections. The conventional...
Chapter 3: Voting Your Values
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The 2004 National Election Pool (NEP) exit poll, conducted for a consortium of media organizations, propelled moral values to the forefront of the public discussion about the forces that drive political behavior. It asked voters to select from a predetermined list the one...
Chapter 4: Moral-Values Politics: The Emergence of an Electoral System
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A central paradox of contemporary political life in the United States is that white evangelical Protestants have expressed a wide variety of views on social and policy issues, including moderate to liberal views on many issues involving inequalities in American...
PART II: Discourses of Mobilization and Public Reason
Chapter 5: Politicized Evangelicalism and Secular Elites: Creating a Moral Other
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In the discourse of much contemporary conservative Protestant evangelicalism, particularly that concerned with the place of religion in politics and the public sphere, one group stands out—portrayed as perhaps a singular threat to evangelical religion specifically, religion in...
Chapter 6: Mobilizing Evangelicals: Christian Reconstructionism and the Roots of the Religious Right
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Studies that date the origins of the Christian Right to the late 1970s and early 1980s have generally failed to explore the groundwork that prepared the way for the movement throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. In this chapter, I argue that a small group within...
Chapter 7: The Christian Right, Public Reason, and American Democracy
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Over the last thirty years, the Christian Right has become an increasingly powerful voice in American democracy. From Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority to Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition to James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, Christian Right organizations...
PART III: Cycles and the Evolution of a Movement
Chapter 8: The Decline, Transformation, and Revival of the Christian Right in the United States
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DEMOCRACY IN America offers an idealized portrayal of the role of religion in politics, in which churches supported religious toleration, kept aloof from politics, and had little influence on public opinion. We would never guess from de Tocqueville’s account that the...
Chapter 9: Moral Values and Political Parties: Cycles of Conflict and Accommodation
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The Christian Right has become a leading factor in Republican Party politics in the United States over the past twenty-five years. Although many scholars and pundits have focused on the movement in national politics, the Christian Right has been active and...
Chapter 10: Politics as the Construction of Relations: Religious Identity and Political Expression
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Historically, American evangelicalism has been a protesting movement, one committed to reform on selective moral issues (Marsden 2006; Young 2002). As such, the evangelical movement has often been more defined by political issues than theological...
Chapter 11: Of Movements and Metaphors: The Coevolution of the Christian Right and the GOP
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On May 3, 2007, competing Republican presidential candidates were asked to raise their hands if they did not believe in evolution. Three candidates—Senator Sam Brownback, former governor Mike Huckabee, and Representative Tom Tacredo—raised their...
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Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2011
Volume Title: Religion and Politics