Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics

ISBN : 9780199372690

Matthew Avery Sutton; Darren Dochuk
320 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2016
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In the last few decades, all major presidential candidates have openly discussed the role of faith in their lives, sharing their religious beliefs and church commitments with the media and their constituencies. And yet, to the surprise of many Americans, God played almost no role in the 2012 presidential campaign. During the campaign, incumbent Barack Obama minimized the role of religion in his administration and in his life. This was in stark contrast to his emphasis, in 2008, on how his Chicago church had nurtured him as a person, community organizer, and politician, which ultimately backfired when incendiary messages preached by his liberationist pastor Jeremiah Wright went viral. The Republican Party faced a different kind of problem in 2012, with the increasing irrelevance or absence of founders of the Religious Right such as Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell. Furthermore, with Mormon Mitt Romney running as the GOP candidate, party operatives avoided shining a spotlight on religion, recognizing that vast numbers of Americans remain suspicious of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The absence of God during the 2012 election reveals that the United States is at a crossroads with regards to faith, even while religion continues to play a central role in almost every facet of American culture and political life. The separation of church and state and the disestablishment of religion have fostered a rich religious marketplace characterized by innovation and entrepreneurship. As the generation that launched the culture wars fades into history and a new, substantially more diverse population matures, the question of how faith is functioning in the new millennium has become more important than ever. In Faith in the New Millennium historians, sociologists, and religious studies scholars tackle contemporary issues, controversies, and policies ranging from drone wars to presidential campaigns to the exposing of religious secrets in order to make sense of American life in the new millennium. This melding of past and present offers readers a rare opportunity to assess Americans' current wrestling with matters of faith, and provides valuable insight into the many ways that faith has shaped and transformed the age of Obama and how the age of Obama has shaped American religious faith.


List of Contributors

1. The Founding Fathers in Modern America by Kate Carte Engel
2. Slavery and Religion in (Not Just) a Christian Nation by Edward J. Blum
3. Religion and the Outsider Candidates by Charles F. Irons
4. African American Religious Conservatives in the New Millennium by Anthea Butler
5. Barack Hussein Obama: America's First Muslim President? by Rebecca Anne Goetz

6. From Drone War to Indian War: Protecting (and Liberating) Innocent Women and Children by Jennifer Graber
7. Crude Awakenings in the Age of Oil by Darren Dochuk
8. The Welfare of Faith by Alison Collis Greene
9. Latino/a Religious Communities and Immigration in Modern America by Arlene Sanchez-Walsh
10. Teaching about Religion in Red State America by Mark Chancey
11. America's World Mission in the Age of Obama by Andrew Preston

12. Between Hope and Despair: Obama and Evangelical Politics by Steven P. Miller
13. Secrets and the Making of Mormon Moments by J. Spencer Fluhman
14. Preparing for Doomsday by Matthew Avery Sutton
15. The Rise of the Nones by Matthew S. Hedstrom
16. The Blessings of American Pluralism and Those Who Rail Against It by Kevin M. Schultz

Afterword: Amanda Porterfield

About the author: 

Matthew Avery Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University.

Darren Dochuk is Associate Professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics and Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis.

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