By Mark A. Noll
Religion has been a robust political strength all through American background. whilst race enters the combination the consequences were a few of our best triumphs as a nation--and a few of our such a lot shameful disasters. during this very important booklet, Mark Noll, probably the most influential historians of yank faith writing this present day, lines the explosive political results of the non secular intermingling with race.
Noll demonstrates how supporters and competitors of slavery and segregation drew both at the Bible to justify the morality in their positions. He indicates how a typical evangelical background supported Jim Crow discrimination and contributed powerfully to the black theology of liberation preached via Martin Luther King Jr. In probing such connections, Noll takes readers from the 1830 slave riot of Nat Turner via Reconstruction and the lengthy Jim Crow period, from the civil rights stream of the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties to "values" vote casting in contemporary presidential elections. He argues that the best modifications in American political heritage, from the Civil struggle throughout the civil rights revolution and past, represent an interconnected narrative during which opposing appeals to Biblical fact gave upward push to often-contradictory spiritual and ethical complexities. And he exhibits how this history is still alive at the present time in controversies surrounding stem-cell study and abortion in addition to civil rights reform.
God and Race in American Politics is a breathtaking background that finds the profound function of faith in American political heritage and in American discourse on race and social justice.
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