Christian Clergy in American Politics

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Sue E. S. Crawford, Laura R. Olson
JHU Press, Jul 17, 2001 - Political Science - 304 pages

In recent decades, Christian clergy have ever more frequently had to decide whether to become involved in politics. When they do become involved, their influence can be substantial. In this book Sue E. S. Crawford, Laura R. Olson, and their coauthors explore the political choices clergy make and the consequences of these choices. Drawing on personal interviews and statistical data to place the actions of clergy in both their religious and secular contexts, the authors study mainline and evangelical Protestant, Catholic, and Mennonite communities. They examine the role of white, African American, and female religious leaders. And they address issues of local development, city government, and national and international politics.

Contributors: Christi J. Braun, Boston University School of Law • Timothy A. Byrnes, Colgate University • James C. Cavendish, University of South Florida • Sue E. S. Crawford, Creighton University • Katie Day, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia • Melissa M. Deckman, Washington College • Paul A. Djupe, Denison University • Joel S. Fetzer, Central Michigan University • James L. Guth, Furman University • Ted G. Jelen, University of Nevada-Las Vegas • Laura R. Olson, Clemson University • James M. Penning, Calvin College • Mary R. Sawyer, Iowa State University • Corwin E. Smidt, Calvin College

-- Christopher Gilbert, Gustavus Adolphus College
 

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Contents

Political Choices and Consequences
3
POLITICAL CHOICES
47
Political Roles
66
Reformed Preachers in Politics 157
157
The Role of the Local
177
Political Choices and Consequences 3
3
Notes for a Theory of Clergy as Political Leaders 15
15
Reflections on the Status of Research on Clergy in Politics 30
30
Notes for a Theory of Clergy as Political Leaders 15
15
Reflections on the Status of Research on Clergy in Politics 30
30
POLITICAL CHOICES
47
Political Roles
66
The Construction of Political Strategies among African
85
Clergy as Political Actors in Urban Contexts 104
104
American Church or Church in America? The Politics
120
Reformed Preachers in Politics 157
157

POLITICAL CHOICES
47
Political Roles
66
The Role of the Local
177
Clergy Mobilization
203
Choices and Consequences in Context 227
227
Notes 239
239
References 253
253
INTRODUCTION
i
Political Choices and Consequences 3
3
The Role of the Local
177
Clergy Mobilization
203
Choices and Consequences in Context 227
227
Notes 239
239
References 253
253
Contributors 275
275
Index 281
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Sue E. S. Crawford is an assistant professor of political science and international studies at Creighton University. Laura R. Olson is an assistant professor of political science at Clemson University. She is author or coauthor of Filled with the Spirit and Power: Protestant Clergy in Politics, The Religious Dimension of Political Behavior, and Religion and Politics in America.

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