In Religion in American Politics, Frank Lambert tells the fascinating story of the uneasy relations between religion and politics from the founding to the 21st century. Lambert examines how antebellum Protestant unity was challenged by sectionalism as both North and South invoked religious justification; how Andrew Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth" competed with the anticapitalist "Social Gospel" during postwar industrialization; how the civil rights movement was perhaps the most effective religious intervention in politics in American history; and how the alliance between the Republican Party and the Religious Right has, in many ways, realized the founders' fears of religious-political electoral coalitions. In these and other cases, Lambert shows that religion became sectarian and partisan whenever it entered the political fray, and that religious agendas have always mixed with nonreligious ones.
The book is published by Princeton University Press.
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By Edward C. Charbonnet on 26-06-11
Excellent overview from colonial days up until now
I found this to be an easy listen and very informative. It explains a great deal of the prespective from colonial times, through constitutional convention, then 19th and 20th centuries and even up through recent elections in the 21st century. I highly recommend the book.
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