Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics

Paperback | December 24, 2015

EditorMatthew Avery Sutton, Darren Dochuk

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The Statue of Liberty - depicted on a roadside billboard - did not carry her customary torch and tablet. Instead, she shielded her eyes from words that towered beside her, words that highway drivers could not possibly avoid: "We are no longer a Christian nation." Underneath was the name of theman who spoke them, the nation's president, Barack Obama. He had made the original statement - "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation, at least not just" - four years earlier. Since then those words had appeared, in one form or another, not just on billboards but in a host ofother venues, a visible symbol of America's divide over religion and politics.In Faith in the New Millennium, a group of leading historians explores the shifting role of religion in American politics in the age of Obama, shedding new and fascinating light on the interplay of faith and politics. Each of the sixteen contributors examines a contemporary issue, controversy, orpolicy through a historical lens. In an age of the 24-hour-news-cycle, where complexity is often buried under bluster, these essays make a powerful case for understanding the stories behind the news. They tackle such topics as immigration reform, racial turmoil, drone wars, foreign policy, and theunstoppable rise of social media. Taken together, they reveal how faith is shaping modern America, and how modern America is shaping faith.

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The Statue of Liberty - depicted on a roadside billboard - did not carry her customary torch and tablet. Instead, she shielded her eyes from words that towered beside her, words that highway drivers could not possibly avoid: "We are no longer a Christian nation." Underneath was the name of theman who spoke them, the nation's president,...

Matthew Avery Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University. He is the author of, most recently, American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism. Darren Dochuk is Associate Professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and Department of History at Washington ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:December 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsIntroductionI. POLITICS1. Kate Carte Engel: The Founding Fathers in Modern America2. Edward J. Blum: Race and Religion in (Not Just) a Christian Nation3. Charles F. Irons: Religion and the "Outsider" Candidates4. Anthea Butler: African American Religious Conservatives in the New Millennium5. Rebecca Anne Goetz: Barack Hussein Obama: America's First Muslim President?II. POLICY6. Jennifer Graber: From Drone War to Indian War: Protecting (and Liberating) Innocent Women and Children7. Darren Dochuk: Crude Awakenings in the Age of Oil8. Alison Collis Greene: The Welfare of Faith9. Arlene Sanchez-Walsh: Latino/a Religious Communities and Immigration in Modern America10. Mark Chancey: Teaching about Religion in Red State America11. Andrew Preston: America's World Mission in the Age of ObamaIII. RELIGION12. Steven B. Miller: Between Hope and Despair: Obama and Evangelical Politics13. J. Spencer Fluhman: Secrets and the Making of Mormon Moments14. Matthew Avery Sutton: Preparing for Doomsday15. Matthew S. Hedstrom: The Rise of the Nones16. Kevin M. Schultz: The Blessings of American Pluralism and Those Who Rail Against ItAmanda Porterfield: Afterword

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"In this outstanding collection, two leading scholars of religion and politics in America's past have brought together an all-star roster of historians to discuss religion and politics in our present. Brimming with expertise and insights, Faith in the New Millennium is scholarship-in-actionat its very finest." --Kevin M. Kruse, author of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America