By Gary Scott Smith
Within the wake of the 2004 election, pundits have been stunned at go out polling that confirmed that 22% of citizens idea 'moral values' was once an important factor at stake. humans on each side of the political divide believed this was once the most important to victory for George W. Bush, who professes a deep and abiding religion in God. whereas a few fervent Bush supporters see him as a guy selected via God for the White condo, rivals see his overt dedication to Christianity as a deadly and extraordinary bridging of the distance among church and state.
In truth, Gary Scott Smith indicates, none of this is often new. faith has been an enormous a part of the presidency considering George Washington's first inaugural handle. regardless of the mounting curiosity within the function of faith in American public existence, we really understand remarkably little in regards to the religion of our presidents. used to be Thomas Jefferson an atheist, as his political competitors charged? What position did Lincoln's non secular perspectives play in his dealing with of slavery and the Civil battle? How did born-again Southern Baptist Jimmy Carter lose the help of many evangelicals? used to be George W. Bush, as his critics frequently claimed, a captive of the spiritual correct? during this interesting booklet, Smith solutions those questions and plenty of extra. he is taking a sweeping examine the position faith has performed in presidential politics and regulations. Drawing on vast archival study, Smith paints compelling snap shots of the spiritual lives and presidencies of 11 leader executives for whom faith was once rather very important. religion and the Presidency meticulously examines what every one of its matters believed and the way these ideals formed their presidencies and, in flip, the process our history.
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