Politics and Religion in the United States
To Be Published November 1st 2013 by Routledge – 488 pages
There is a complex relationship between religiosity and secularism in the American experience. America is notable both for its strict institutional separation of church and state, and for the strong role that religion has played in its major social movements and ongoing political life. This book seeks to illuminate for readers the dynamics underlying this seeming paradox, and to examine how the various religious groups in America have approached and continue to approach the tensions between sacred and secular. This much-anticipated revision brings Corbett and Corbett’s classic text fully up to date. The second edition continues with a thorough discussion of historical origins of religion in political life, constitutional matters, public opinion, and the most relevant groups, all while taking theology seriously. Revisions include fully updating all the public opinion data, fuller incorporation of voting behavior among different religious and demographic groups, enhanced discussion of minority religions such as Mormonism and Islam, and new examples throughout.
Introduction; Part I: Religion and History; 1. Religion in the Colonial and Founding Eras; 2. Religion and American Politics, 1800-1960; 3. Religion and Politics Since 1960; Part II: Religion and the First Amendment; 4. The Establishment Clause; 5. The Free Exercises Clause; Part III: Religion and Public Opinion; 6. Public Opinion About Religion and Politics; 7. Religious Orientations and Political Orientations Among White Americans; 8. Religion and Politics Among Latinos and African Americans; Part IV: Effects of Religous Influences in Politics; 9. Religious Groups as Political Interest Groups; 10. The Debate on the Role of Religion in Public Life; 11. Conclusion
J. Matthew Wilson is an associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. He specializes in political behavior, religion and politics, and political psychology. Wilson is the editor of From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic.
Julia Corbett-Hemeyer is professor emeritus of religious studies at Ball State Univeristy. She is a Community Minister with the Unitarian Universalist Church.
Michael Corbett was professor of political science at Ball State University.