By Gary Scott Smith

Within the wake of the 2004 election, pundits have been surprised at go out polling that confirmed that 22% of electorate proposal 'moral values' was once an important factor at stake. humans on either side of the political divide believed this was once the major to victory for George W. Bush, who professes a deep and abiding religion in God. whereas a few fervent Bush supporters see him as a guy selected by way of God for the White apartment, rivals see his overt dedication to Christianity as a deadly and exceptional bridging of the space among church and state.

In truth, Gary Scott Smith exhibits, none of this can be new. faith has been a big a part of the presidency on account that George Washington's first inaugural handle. regardless of the mounting curiosity within the position of faith in American public lifestyles, we really be aware of remarkably little concerning the religion of our presidents. used to be Thomas Jefferson an atheist, as his political competitors charged? What position did Lincoln's non secular perspectives play in his dealing with of slavery and the Civil conflict? How did born-again Southern Baptist Jimmy Carter lose the help of many evangelicals? was once George W. Bush, as his critics frequently claimed, a captive of the non secular correct? during this attention-grabbing publication, Smith solutions those questions and plenty of extra. he's taking a sweeping examine the position faith has performed in presidential politics and guidelines. Drawing on huge archival learn, Smith paints compelling photos of the spiritual lives and presidencies of 11 leader executives for whom faith was once relatively vital. religion and the Presidency meticulously examines what every one of its matters believed and the way these ideals formed their presidencies and, in flip, the process our history.

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