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The God Strategy : How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America - David Domke

The God Strategy

How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America

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Published: 9th September 2010
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This volume offers a timely and dynamic study of the rise of religion in American politics, examining the public messages of political leaders over the past seventy-five years. The authors show that U.S. politics today is defined by a calculated, deliberate, and partisan use of faith that is unprecedented in modern politics. Beginning with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, America has seen a no-holds-barred religious politics that seeks to attract voters, identify and attack enemies, and solidify power. Domke and Coe identify a set of religious signals sent by both Republicans and Democrats in speeches, party platforms, proclamations, visits to audiences of faith, and even celebrations of Christmas. The updated edition of this ground-breaking book includes a new preface, an updated analysis of the last Bush administration, as well as a new final chapter on the Jeremiah Wright controversy, the candidacies of Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama's victory.

The God Strategy is a sobering look at just how deeply imbedded religion has become in the contemporary American political psyche. Both the person of faith and the non-believer should fear what is revealed in this carefully crafted review of modern campaign strategies to 'get the God vote'. Domke and Coe demonstrate, with stunningly clear examples, just how the union of government and religion tends to degrade the integrity of both. * Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State *
Religion has become central to American politics. The God Strategy is a superb overview of what happened and how it has impacted our democracy. David Domke and Kevin Coe have done the nation a service. * George Lakoff, author of Don't Think of an Elephant! *
Domke and Coe have done a masterful job of giving us insight into the mix of religion and politics. The God Strategy taught me much about a field I thought I knew. Anyone who wants to understand how the deeply religious character of America could be used to effect coming elections needs to read this book. * Joel Hunter, Pastor and Member, Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals *
The God Strategy offers an intriguing look at what has become one of the most powerful shaping forces in American political life. Like it or not, religion has for years been establishing the parameters of public debate. As Domke and Coe make clear, this is unlikely to change anytime soon. * Ron Reagan *

INTRODUCTION A NEW RELIGIOUS POLITICS ; CHAPTER ONE ONE NATION UNDER GOD, DIVISIBLE ; CHAPTER TWO POLITICAL PRIESTS ; CHAPTER THREE GOD AND COUNTRY ; CHAPTER FOUR ACTS OF COMMUNION ; CHAPTER FIVE MORALITY POLITICS ; CHAPTER SIX RELIGIOUS POLITICS AND DEMOCRATIC VITALITY ; CHAPTER SEVEN ACT II ; APPENDIXES A TO E

ISBN: 9780199746743
ISBN-10: 0199746745
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 9th September 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.36