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One Electorate under God? : A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics - E. J. Dionne

One Electorate under God?

A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics

By: E. J. Dionne (Editor), Jean Bethke Elshtain (Editor), Kayla Meltzer Drogosz (Editor)

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The United States has been described as a nation with the soul of a church. Religion is discussed more explicitly and more urgently in American politics than in the public debates of any other wealthy democracy. It is certain to play an important role in the elections of 2004. Yet debates over religion and politics are often narrow and highly partisan, although the questions at hand demand a broader and more civil discussion. One Electorate under God? widens the dialogue by bringing together in one volume some of the most influential voices in American intellectual and political life. This book draws on a public debate between former New York governor Mario Cuomo and Indiana congressman Mark Souder, who discuss how their respective faith convictions have been both shaped by and reflected in their careers as public servants. This discussion, in turn, prompted commentary by a diverse group of scholars, politicians, journalists, and religious leaders who are engaged simultaneously in the religious and policy realms. Each contributor offers insights on how political leaders and religious convictions shape our politics. One Electorate under God arises from the idea that public deliberation is more honestand more democraticwhen officials are open and reflective about the interactions between their religious convictions and their commitments in the secular realm. This volumethe first of its kindseeks to promote a greater understanding of American thinking about faith and public office in a pluralistic society. Contributors include Joanna Adams, Azizah Al-Hibri, Doug Bandow, Michael Barone, Gary Bauer, Robert Bellah, David Brooks, Harvey Cox, Michael Cromartie, John DiIulio Jr., Terry Eastland, Robert Edgar, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Richard Wightman Fox, William Galston, Robert George, Andrew Greeley, John Green, Anna Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Representative Amo Houghton (R-New York), Michael Kazin, Martha Minow, Stephen Monsma, Mark Noll, Rabbi David Novak, Ramesh Ponnuru, Representative David E. Price (D-North Carolina), Jeffrey Rosen, Cheryl Sanders, Ron Sider, Jim Skillen, Matthew Spalding, Jeffrey Stout, John Sweeney, Roberto Suro, Margaret OBrien Steinfels, Jim Towey, Doug Tanner, Mark Warren, Alan Wolfe, and Andrew Young.

"One Electorate is a worthwhile read...No one can leave this book without having their presuppositions probed, and for this reason alone it serves as a timely contribution, given the present polarization of the American polity." --Robert Burns, Westminster Theological Journal "This book makes a valuable contribution to the national debate over whether this president's overt religiosity should be viewed as a worrisome threat to tolerance and pluralism, or as a welcome reinforcement of America's traditional religious commitments." --Tim Byrnes, Ph.D, Colgate University, Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion, 4/15/2005 "Probably nowhere else can one find the thoughts of so many truly significant contemporary thinkers who deal with the issue of religion and politics." --David P. Gushee, Journal of Church and State "...offers insight and critique. It leaves the reader with the impression that much more discussion and analysis are needed in order to advance us all to a higher plane." -- Jewish Book World, 12/1/2004

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
How Would God Vote? an Introductionp. 1
Faith and Politics in Public Office
In the American Catholic Tradition of Realismp. 13
A Conservative Christian's View on Public Lifep. 19
Continuing the Conversationp. 24
Expanding the Dialogue
What Is a Christian to Do?p. 41
Religion, Politics, and the American Experiencep. 48
The Conservatory of Virtuep. 52
The Religious Left, Too Often Left Outp. 57
American Politics and the Dissenting Protestant Traditionp. 63
How Niebuhr Helps Us Kick the Secularist Habit: A Six-Step Programp. 67
Once More, the Cross and the Flagp. 72
Common Grace, Natural Law, and the Public Arenap. 75
Faithful Consensusp. 78
Rendering to Caesar and to Godp. 88
God Talk and the Citizen-Believerp. 94
The Politics of Religion in a Sinful Worldp. 96
Cuomological Fallaciesp. 101
The Puritans and American Politicsp. 106
Two Faces of Religious Pluralism in American Politicsp. 110
Religion, Politics, and a Changing Americap. 116
Protecting Religion from Politicsp. 121
Faith and Politicsp. 126
The Fate of the Christian Leftp. 129
The Myth of Secularismp. 134
The Spiritual Dimension of Societal Lifep. 140
Governing Religionp. 144
Particularist Religion in a Pluralist Political Arenap. 150
Voting Not to Votep. 155
Religion, Faith, and Electionsp. 159
Reasoning Togetherp. 164
Faith in Public Officep. 168
The Personalization of Politicsp. 172
The Role of Religion in Electoral Politicsp. 176
Mobilizing Political Participationp. 179
Religions and the American Religionp. 184
Religious Liberty and the American Foundingp. 189
Thoughts on Religion and Politicsp. 194
Belief and Powerp. 200
Dignity in Work as an Article of Faithp. 202
It's the Content That Countsp. 208
Faith and the Public Squarep. 212
Faith Communities and American Democracyp. 217
Faith, Freedom, and Tolerationp. 222
Contributorsp. 227
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780815716433
ISBN-10: 0815716435
Series: Pew Forum Dialogue Series on Religion and Public Life
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.8 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39