Religion and Politics Beyond the Culture Wars
New Directions in a Divided America
370 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Hardcover | 9780268201296 | October 2021
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268201319 | October 2021
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268201289 | October 2021
This volume reframes the narrative that has too often dominated the field of historical study of religion and politics: the culture wars.
Influenced by culture war theories first introduced in the 1990s, much of the recent history of modern American religion and politics is written in a mode that takes for granted the enduring partisan divides that can blind us to the complex and dynamic intersections of faith and politics. The contributors to Religion and Politics Beyond the Culture Wars argue that such narratives do not tell the whole story of religion and politics in the modern age.
This collection of essays, authored by leading scholars in American religious and political history, challenges readers to look past familiar clashes over social issues to appreciate the ways in which faith has fueled twentieth-century U.S. politics beyond predictable partisan divides and across a spectrum of debates ranging from environment to labor, immigration to civil rights, domestic legislation to foreign policy. Offering fresh illustrations drawn from a range of innovative primary sources, theories, and methods, these essays emphasize that our rendering of religion and politics in the twentieth century must appreciate the intersectionality of identities, interests, and motivations that transpire and exist outside an unbending dualistic paradigm.
Contributors: Darren Dochuk, Janine Giordano Drake, Joseph Kip Kosek, Josef Sorett, Patrick Q. Mason, Wendy L. Wall, Mark Brilliant, Andrew Preston, Matthew Avery Sutton, Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Benjamin Francis-Fallon, Michelle Nickerson, Keith Makoto Woodhouse, Kate Bowler, and James T. Kloppenberg.
Darren Dochuk is the Andrew V. Tackes College Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He most recently authored Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America and is editor and co-editor of a number of books, including American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014).
“The market is full of books arguing the definition of ‘who is an evangelical’—questions that this collection refreshingly ignores. For those looking for something beyond that argument and for most historians either connected directly to religion and politics or who see this as a subtheme in their own work, this collection carves out unique space that would be welcome.” —David P. King, author of God’s Internationalists
"This collection of essays encourages readers to look beyond predictable clashes over social issues and examine the ways in which faith has fueled 20th-century U.S. politics." —Notre Dame Magazine
"This book doesn’t solve any problems, but it shows that divisions and culture wars are nothing new in a society where religion and politics often combust. The difference today is a more polarized citizenry." —Catholic News Service