By Christopher B. Chapp

From Reagan's average invocation of the United States as "a urban on a hill" to Obama's use of religious language in describing social coverage, non secular rhetoric is a customary a part of how applicants converse with citizens. even if the structure explicitly forbids a non secular try as a qualification to public workplace, many voters base their judgements approximately applicants on their expressed spiritual ideals and values. In non secular Rhetoric and American Politics, Christopher B. Chapp exhibits that americans usually make political offerings simply because they determine with a "civil religion," now not simply because they suspect of themselves as cultural warriors. Chapp examines the position of non secular political rhetoric in American elections by means of reading either how political elites use spiritual language and the way citizens reply to diversified expressions of faith within the public sphere.

Chapp analyzes the content material and context of political speeches and attracts on survey facts, ancient facts, and regulated experiments to judge how voters reply to spiritual stumping. powerful non secular rhetoric, he unearths, is characterised by way of factors―emotive cues and invocations of collective identity―and those elements usually form the results of yank presidential elections and the dynamics of political illustration. whereas we have a tendency to imagine that yes concerns (e.g., abortion) are invoked to attract particular non secular constituencies who vote completely on such concerns, Chapp indicates that non secular rhetoric is frequently extra encompassing and no more issue-specific. He concludes that voter identity with an American civic faith continues to be a motive force in American elections, regardless of its possibly divisive undercurrents.

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