How did we pass from John F. Kennedy stating that faith may still play no function within the elections to Bush asserting, "I think that God wishes me to be president"?
Historian Randall Balmer takes us on a travel of presidential religiosity within the final half the 20th century—from Kennedy's 1960 speech that proposed a virtually absolute wall among American political and spiritual existence to the delicate religiosity of Lyndon B. Johnson's nice Society; from Richard Nixon's manipulation of faith to slot his personal must Gerald Ford's quiet stoicism; from Jimmy Carter's creation of evangelicalism into the mainstream to Ronald Reagan's co-option of an analogous team; from invoice Clinton's covert means of turning faith right into a non-issue to George W. Bush's overt Christian messages, Balmer finds the position faith has performed within the own and political lives of those American presidents.
Americans have been as soon as content material to ignore faith as a criterion for balloting, as in lots of the glossy presidential elections earlier than Jimmy Carter.But brand new electorate have come to anticipate applicants to totally divulge their spiritual perspectives and to deeply illustrate their own courting to the Almighty. God within the White House explores the ambiguity of usa citizens' expectation that presidents may still concurrently trumpet their non secular perspectives and dating to God whereas assisting the separation of church and country. Balmer tells the tale of the politicization of faith within the final half the 20th century, in addition to the "religionization" of our politics. He displays at the implications of this shift, that have reverberated in either our spiritual and political worlds, and provides a brand new lens by which to work out not just those striking contributors, but in addition our present political situation.
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