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 Collegeshow more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 153.4 x 229.1 x 20.3mm | 452.86g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 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 2004show more

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 more

Table of contents

Contents: List of Tables Preface PART I: INTRODUCTION 1 Clergy in Politics: Political Choices and Consequences Laura R. Olson and Sue E. S. Crawford 2 Notes for a Theory of Clergy as Political Leaders Ted G. Jelen 3 Reflections on the Status of Research on Clergy in Politics James L. Guth PART II: POLITICAL CHOICES 4 Gender and Political Choices of Women Clergy Sue E.S. Crawford, Melissa M. Deckman, and Christi J. Braun 5 Theocratic, Prophetic, and Ecumenical: Political Roles of African American Clergy Mary M. Sawyer 6 The Construction of Political Strategies among African American Clergy Katie Day 7 Clergy as Political Actors in Urban Contexts Sue E.S. Crawford and Laura R. Olson 8 American Church or Church in America?: The Politics of Catholic Bishops in Comparative Perspective Timothy A. Byrnes 9 The Mobilization of a Religious Elite: Political Activism Among Southern Baptist Clergy in 1996 James L. Guth 10 Reformed Preachers in Politics James M. Penning and Corwin E. Smidt PART III: POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES 11 Shaping Pacifism: The Role of the Local Anabaptist Pastor Joel S. Fetzer 12 Cardinal O'Connor and His Constituents: Differential Benefits and Public Evaluations Paul A. Djupe 13 To March or Not to March: Clergy Mobilization Strategies and Grassroots Antidrug Activism James C. Cavendish PART IV: CONCLUSION 14 Choices and Consequences in Context Sue E. S. Crawford and Laura R. Olson Notes References Contributors Indexshow more

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