Christian Clergy in American Politics

Christian Clergy in American Politics

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In recent decades, Christian clergy have ever more frequently had to decide whether to become involved in politics. When they do become involved, their influence can be substantial. In this book Sue E. S. Crawford, Laura R. Olson, and their coauthors explore the political choices clergy make and the consequences of these choices. Drawing on personal interviews and statistical data to place the actions of clergy in both their religious and secular contexts, the authors study mainline and evangelical Protestant, Catholic, and Mennonite communities. They examine the role of white, African American, and female religious leaders. And they address issues of local development, city government, and national and international politics.Contributors: Christi J. Braun, Boston University School of Law * Timothy A. Byrnes, Colgate University * James C. Cavendish, University of South Florida * Sue E. S. Crawford, Creighton University * Katie Day, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia * Melissa M. Deckman, Washington College * Paul A. Djupe, Denison University * Joel S. Fetzer, Central Michigan University * James L. Guth, Furman University * Ted G. Jelen, University of Nevada-Las Vegas * Laura R. Olson, Clemson University * James M. Penning, Calvin College * Mary R. Sawyer, Iowa State University * Corwin E. Smidt, Calvin College
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 153.4 x 229.1 x 20.3mm | 452.86g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
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  • 0801867045
  • 9780801867040

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Addressing an understudied social phenomenon, these essays examine the political influence of American clergy on their congregations... The high quality of the field research and the extensive editorial work set benchmarks for further publication in this field. * Religious Studies Review *
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About Sue E. S. Crawford

Sue E. S. Crawford is an assistant professor of political science and international studies at Creighton University. Laura R. Olson is an assistant professor of political science at Clemson University. She is author or coauthor of Filled with the Spirit and Power: Protestant Clergy in Politics, The Religious Dimension of Political Behavior, and Religion and Politics in America.
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Table of contents

Contents:List of TablesPrefacePART I: INTRODUCTION1 Clergy in Politics: Political Choices and ConsequencesLaura R. Olson and Sue E. S. Crawford2 Notes for a Theory of Clergy as Political LeadersTed G. Jelen3 Reflections on the Status of Research on Clergy in PoliticsJames L. GuthPART II: POLITICAL CHOICES4 Gender and Political Choices of Women ClergySue E.S. Crawford, Melissa M. Deckman, and Christi J. Braun5 Theocratic, Prophetic, and Ecumenical: Political Roles of African American ClergyMary M. Sawyer6 The Construction of Political Strategies among African American ClergyKatie Day7 Clergy as Political Actors in Urban ContextsSue E.S. Crawford and Laura R. Olson8 American Church or Church in America?: The Politics of Catholic Bishops in Comparative PerspectiveTimothy A. Byrnes9 The Mobilization of a Religious Elite: Political Activism Among Southern Baptist Clergy in 1996James L. Guth10 Reformed Preachers in PoliticsJames M. Penning and Corwin E. SmidtPART III: POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES11 Shaping Pacifism: The Role of the Local Anabaptist PastorJoel S. Fetzer12 Cardinal O'Connor and His Constituents: Differential Benefits and Public EvaluationsPaul A. Djupe13 To March or Not to March: Clergy Mobilization Strategies and Grassroots Antidrug ActivismJames C. CavendishPART IV: CONCLUSION14 Choices and Consequences in ContextSue E. S. Crawford and Laura R. OlsonNotesReferencesContributorsIndex
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