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Religion in American Politics: A Short History

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The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention blocked the establishment of Christianity as a national religion. But they could not keep religion out of American politics. From the election of 1800, when Federalist clergymen charged that deist Thomas Jefferson was unfit to lead a "Christian nation," to today, when some Democrats want to embrace the so-called Religious
Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 21st 2010 by Princeton University Press (first published January 28th 2008)
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Part of the reason I may not have enjoyed this book is my fault - I did not realize it was an abridgement when I downloaded it to listen to. If people are really interested in this subject, they should really download the whole book. This book was just a bit too superficial and not as engaging for me. It also seemed to repeat itself a lot, probably in the interest of identifying main themes throughout the book - i.e. the debate over whether the US is a "Christian nation," and the division betwee ...more
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Frank Lambert, Religion in American Politics: A Short History. (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2010).

Judul : Religion in American Politics: A Short History

Penulis/Editor : Frank Lambert

Ringkasan : Dalam buku ini, Lambert meneliti bagaimana kelompok Kristen sebelum era perang (antebellum) menghadapi tantangan pembagian masyarakat ke dalam kelompok Utara dan kelompok Selatan; tentang bagaimana Andrew Carnegie menulis mengenai Gospel of Wealth yang beradu dengan kelompok antikapitalis pada
Craig Werner
Disappointing. The "short history" format is a challenging one and it's unreasonable to expect a volume like this will necessarily be selective, both in terms of what it deals with and the sources it draws on. However, a good short history should do more than choose the most obvious case studies and provide superficial summaries drawn mostly from single sources. That's basically what Lambert does. His "two main arguments" are something less than stunning. "The first is that religious coalitions ...more
Lambert's book is interesting and well researched but lacks a guiding idea. Each chapter reads like a separate essay so the book as a whole fails to deliver a historical narrative. Still an OK read, if you are interested in the subject matter.
This is an excellent introduction to the history of religion in America. It has a dry academic tone, but is also concise. Highly recommended.
A very condensed history of the different religous movements in America and how they affected politics. An interesting and quick read.
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