Paisley: Religion and Politics in Northern Ireland by Steve BrucePaisley: Religion and Politics in Northern Ireland by Steve Bruce

Paisley: Religion and Politics in Northern Ireland

bySteve Bruce

Paperback | May 15, 2009

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The career of the Revd Ian Paisley raises vital questions about the links between religion and politics in the modern world. Paisley is unique in having founded his own church and party and led both to success, so that he effectively has a veto over political developments in Northern Ireland.Steve Bruce draws on over 20 years of close acquaintance with Paisley's people to describe and explain Paisleyism. In this clearly written account, Bruce charts Paisley's movement from the maverick fringes to the centre of Ulster politics and discusses in detail the changes in his party thataccompanied its rise. At the heart of this account are vital questions for modern societies. How can religion and politics mix? Do different religions produce different sorts of politics? What is clear is that Paisley's people are not jihadis intent on imposing their religion on the unGodly. For allthat religion plays a vital part in Paisley's personal political drive and explains some of his success, he plays by the rules of liberal democracy. Newly published in paperback with an afterword discussing the achievement of the devolved executive and Paisley's period as First Minister in the new Assembly.
Steve Bruce is Head of the School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen.
Title:Paisley: Religion and Politics in Northern IrelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pagesPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199565716

ISBN - 13:9780199565719

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Table of Contents

1. Ulster Protestants2. Early Years3. On the Margins of Unionism4. Coming to Power5. Church Established6. Church and Party7. Paisley and Trouble8. With God on his SideAfterword

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