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The Resource Christian : the politics of a word in America, Matthew Bowman

Christian : the politics of a word in America, Matthew Bowman

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Christian : the politics of a word in America
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Christian
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the politics of a word in America
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Matthew Bowman
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eng
Summary
Religious diversity has long been a defining feature of the United States. But what may be even more remarkable than the sheer range of faiths is the diversity of political visions embedded in those religious traditions. Matthew Bowman delves into the ongoing struggle over the potent word "Christian," not merely to settle theological disputes but to discover its centrality to American politics. As Christian: The Politics of a Word in America shows, for many American Christians, concepts like liberty and equality are rooted in the transcendent claims about human nature that Christianity offers. Democracy, equality under the law, and other basic principles of American government are seen to depend upon the Christian faith's sustenance and support. Yet despite this presumed consensus, differing Christian beliefs have led to dispute and disagreement about what American society and government should look like. While many white American Protestants associate Christianity with Western Euro-American civilization, individual liberty, and an affirmation of capitalism, other American Christians have long rejected those assumptions. They maintain that Christian principles demand political programs as wide-ranging as economic communalism, international cooperation, racial egalitarianism, and social justice. The varieties of American Christian experience speak to an essentially contested concept of political rights and wrongs. Though diverse Christian faiths espouse political visions, Christian politics defy clear definition, Bowman writes. Rather, they can be seen as a rich and varied collection of beliefs about the interrelationships of divinity, human nature, and civic life that engage and divide the nation's Christian communities and politics alike.--
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Bowman, Matthew Burton
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261.70973
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non fiction
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  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Christianity and politics
  • Christianity and politics
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Christianity and politics
  • Religion
  • United States
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Christian : the politics of a word in America, Matthew Bowman
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-291) and index
Contents
Reconstruction, spiritualism, and the shape of an argument -- Creating Western civilization at Columbia University -- Challenging Western civilization at Howard University -- Catholic community in the Great Depression -- The anxiety of Christian anticommunism -- Global Christianity and black freedom -- Cult and countercult -- Civil religion, the religious right, and the fracturing of Christian republicanism
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on1002830223
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24 cm.
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304 pages :
Isbn
9780674737631
Lccn
2017045116
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(OCoLC)1002830223
Label
Christian : the politics of a word in America, Matthew Bowman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-291) and index
Contents
Reconstruction, spiritualism, and the shape of an argument -- Creating Western civilization at Columbia University -- Challenging Western civilization at Howard University -- Catholic community in the Great Depression -- The anxiety of Christian anticommunism -- Global Christianity and black freedom -- Cult and countercult -- Civil religion, the religious right, and the fracturing of Christian republicanism
Control code
on1002830223
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
304 pages :
Isbn
9780674737631
Lccn
2017045116
System control number
(OCoLC)1002830223

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