Religion and Politics in America

Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices

Robert Booth Fowler, Allen D Hertzke, Laura R. Olson, Kevin R. den Dulk

Fifth Edition • December 24, 2013 • 360 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813348513 • $45.00 USD$53.99 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813348520 • $29.99 USD$29.99 CAN

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Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. In this fifth edition of Religion and Politics in America, the authors offer a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. They 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. Incorporating the best and most up-to-date scholarship, the authors assess the politics of Roman Catholics; evangelical, mainline, and African American Protestants; Jews; Muslims and other conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements. The author team also examines important subjects concerning religion and its relationship to gender, race/ethnicity, and class. The fifth edition has been revised to include the 2012 elections, in particular Mitt Romney’s candidacy and Mormonism, as well as a fuller assessment of the role of religion in President Obama’s first term. In-depth treatment of core topics, contemporary case studies, and useful focus-study boxes, provides students with a real understanding of how religion and politics relate in practice and makes this fifth edition essential reading for courses in political science, religion, and sociology departments.

Robert Booth Fowler is Herbert and Evelyn Howe Bascom Professor of Integrated Liberal Studies and Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. An award-winning teacher, he is also the author of numerous books.

Allen D. Hertzke is David Ross Boyd Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma.  He is author or editor of several books on religion and politics, most recently The Future of Religious Freedom: Global Challenges.

Laura R. Olson is Centennial Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Kevin R. den Dulk is the Paul B. Henry Chair in Political Science and Director of the Henry Institute at Calvin College. He is the coauthor of A Disappearing God Gap: Religion and the 2008 Election and Pews, Prayers, and Participation: Religion and Civic Responsibility.

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“A thoughtful, well-balanced work . . . Few books provide as comprehensive a survey of religion and politics in America as this one.” —Journal of Church and State

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