In his hugely praised e-book Faith and the Presidency, Gary Scott Smith solid a revealing gentle at the position faith has performed in presidential politics all through our nation's historical past, delivering entire, even-handed examinations of the position of faith within the lives, politics, and regulations of 11 presidents.

Now, in Religion within the Oval Office, Smith takes on 11 extra of our nation's best and influential leader executives: John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William McKinley, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, invoice Clinton, and Barack Obama. Drawing on a variety of assets and paying shut consciousness to old context and America's transferring social and ethical values, he examines their spiritual ideals, commitments, affiliations, and practices and scrutinizes their relationships with spiritual leaders and groups. the result's a desirable account of the ways that faith has assisted in shaping the process our historical past. From John Quincy Adams' remedy of local american citizens, to Harry Truman's selection to acknowledge Israel, to invoice Clinton's advertising of spiritual liberty and welfare reform, to Barack Obama's guidelines on poverty and homosexual rights, Smith indicates how strongly our presidents' spiritual commitments have affected coverage from the earliest days of our country to the current.

Together with Faith and the Presidency, Religion within the Oval Office presents the main entire exam of the inseparable and exciting dating among religion and the yank presidency. This booklet might be important to someone drawn to the presidency and the position of faith in politics.

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