By Frank Lambert

The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional conference blocked the institution of Christianity as a countrywide faith. yet they can now not maintain faith out of yank politics. From the election of 1800, whilst Federalist priests charged that deist Thomas Jefferson was once undeserving to steer a "Christian nation," to this day, while a few Democrats are looking to include the so-called non secular Left with a purpose to compete with the Republicans and the non secular correct, faith has constantly been a part of American politics. In Religion in American Politics, Frank Lambert tells the interesting tale of the uneasy family members among faith and politics from the founding to the twenty-first century.

Lambert examines how antebellum Protestant cohesion was once challenged by means of sectionalism as either North and South invoked spiritual justification; how Andrew Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth" competed with the anticapitalist "Social Gospel" in the course of postwar industrialization; how the civil rights move used to be maybe the simplest spiritual intervention in politics in American heritage; and the way the alliance among the Republican celebration and the non secular correct has, in lots of methods, discovered the founders' fears of religious-political electoral coalitions. In those and different instances, Lambert exhibits that faith turned sectarian and partisan every time it entered the political fray, and that non secular agendas have continuously combined with nonreligious ones.

Religion in American Politics brings infrequent historic point of view and perception to an issue that used to be simply as important--and controversial--in 1776 because it is today.

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