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By Frank Lambert

The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional conference blocked the institution of Christianity as a countrywide faith. yet they can now not preserve faith out of yank politics. From the election of 1800, whilst Federalist priests charged that deist Thomas Jefferson used to be not worthy to guide a "Christian nation," to this present day, whilst a few Democrats are looking to include the so-called spiritual Left which will compete with the Republicans and the spiritual correct, faith has continually been a part of American politics. In Religion in American Politics, Frank Lambert tells the attention-grabbing tale of the uneasy family among faith and politics from the founding to the twenty-first century.

Lambert examines how antebellum Protestant team spirit used to be challenged by way of sectionalism as either North and South invoked non secular justification; how Andrew Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth" competed with the anticapitalist "Social Gospel" in the course of postwar industrialization; how the civil rights move was once probably the simplest non secular intervention in politics in American heritage; and the way the alliance among the Republican get together and the spiritual correct has, in lots of methods, learned the founders' fears of religious-political electoral coalitions. In those and different instances, Lambert indicates that faith turned sectarian and partisan at any time when it entered the political fray, and that non secular agendas have continually combined with nonreligious ones.

Religion in American Politics brings infrequent ancient standpoint and perception to a topic that used to be simply as important--and controversial--in 1776 because it is today.

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