Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics

Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics

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Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in the Age of Confessional Politics analyzes religious rhetoric in presidential campaigns from 1976-2008, proposing a confessional political style successful candidates must employ that differs sharply from earlier ideals of civic piety. Brian T. Kaylor also considers changes in American society that helped create this confessional political system and critiques the problems with this system.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 162 x 243 x 23mm | 567g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148788
  • 9780739148785
  • 1,914,768

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Chapter One. Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter Two. Carter and Reagan Chapter 3 Chapter Three. Bush and Clinton Chapter 4 Chapter Four. W. Bush and Obama Chapter 5 Chapter Five. Confessional Politics Chapter 6 Chapter Six. Societal Religious-Political Shifts Chapter 7 Chapter Seven. Implications From the Confessional Booth Chapter 8 Chapter Eight. Conclusion
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Review quote

This treasure trove of stories and statements from the presidential campaign trail will thrill political junkies and captivate all those who care about faith and politics. Brian Kaylor skillfully demonstrates how discussions of a candidate's religious beliefs have become an essential part of running for president, and he offers powerful arguments about what this portends - not only for politics, but also for religious liberty, religion, and our democracy. -- Melissa Rogers, Wake Forest University Divinity School I heartily recommend his discussion of this important dimension of contemporary presidential rhetoric. * Presidential Studies Quarterly Review *
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About Brian T. Kaylor

Brian T. Kaylor is assistant professor of communication studies at James Madison University.
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