God in the White House: A History: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush
How did we go from John F. Kennedy declaring that religion should play no role in the elections to Bush saying, "I believe that God wants me to be president"?
Historian Randall Balmer takes us on a tour of presidential religiosity in the last half of the twentieth century—from Kennedy's 1960 speech that proposed an almost absolute wall between American political and rel...more
The author gives it away in his introduction. He doesn't care for the so-called Religious Right, though he maintains that he's tried to be "fair" in this history. He should have tried harder.
Balmer examines the faith of each president back to JFK to see what impact, if ...more
One of the most surprising discoveries in reading this history of religion and the White House was how the religious lives and views of the Presidents were not a significant issue, with few exceptions until the 1960 election campaign between R ...more
His faith portrait of each preside ...more
The author admits a liberal evangelical viewpoint, which comes through pretty strongly in his relative soft-pedaling of JFK's infidelities & his unquestioning support of Jimmy Carter's post-presidential activities.
The strongest part of the book is his conclusion in which he posits that we get spiritually hypocritical presidents (conservatives who promise family values & ...more