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Onward Christian Soldiers: The Religious Right in American Politics (Dilemmas in American Politics) Paperback – January 31, 2006

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"An excellent guide to what we know and what is still unclear.... While it is always possible to suggest that a book could say more, it is considerably rarer to find one that already says so much so well." -- American Politics Review

"Clyde Wilcox has produced an engaging volume that deals with a complex and controversial movement in American politics. The author skillfully weaves together interviews, original data, and theory in a book that will interest scholars and students alike. I highly recommend it." -- Matthew C. Moen, University of Maine

"For those attempting to sort out the conflicting assessments of the movement, the best place to start is this crisp and lucid overview by Clyde Wilcox.... Not surprisingly, the result of his effort is an unusually balanced portrait." -- Political Science Quarterly

"Interesting and quite readable, this book succeeds in offering a highly useful general guide, especially for nonspecialists, to the key elements of the Religious Right, and it addresses a number of central issues relating to the religious-political nexus. Written by one of a growing number of political scientists exploring the connections between religion and contemporary politics, this book is yet another important contribution to the field." -- Journal of Church & State

"Nicely done. It properly encourages the fact that the religious right is neither. This book should be required reading for all fair-minded people. Wilcox has done a first-class job." -- David Robinson, University of Houston

"Onward Christian Soldiers? is an admirable book. It is a timely introduction to today's religious right, as well as a thoughtful interpretation of it. It is also a splendid study of the increasingly important role that religion plays in today's American politics." -- Michael Lienesch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"There are few dilemmas in American government as difficult to resolve as the role of religion in public life. This book provides a cogent summary of the problem through the lens of the religious right. Novices as well as scholars will learn much from this brief and well-written volume." -- John C. Green , University of Akron

"Well-written and cogent." -- Choice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bringing the story of the religious right up to the Obama administration, this revised fourth edition explores the history of the movement in twentieth and early twenty-first century American politics. The authors review the expansion of the Christian right through George W. Bush’s second administration and evaluate how the religious right fared in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Although figureheads of the religious right remain in the news, their power in Washington may be declining, and the authors consider the fate of the religious right under the Obama administration. Examining how the religious right both does and does not fit into the proper role of religious groups in American politics, Onward Christian Soldiers? is an essential addition to the Dilemmas in American Politics series.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dilemmas in American Politics
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Third Edition edition (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081334333X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343334
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,465,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Will Jerom on August 25, 2007
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This book is a fairly well-balanced introduction to the Christian Right movement in America. Critical, but not demonizing the Christian Right, the book shows that there were a number of waves in which the Christian Right has made a comeback in American politics. Written by a team of solid academics, this is recommended reading for the introductory reader. It is short, and covers a lot of ground in good detail. One shortcoming of the book is its organization, which led to some repetition and redundancy in the book. Not detracting from the overall work, the book serves well as an introduction to the undergraduate reader. What do Wilcox and Larson think? They believe the Christian Right's influence is significant, but also limited. A take-over of American politics or policy does not seem imminent in their view. The legacy of the Christian Right has potential uses, and dangers, but does not in the author's minds pose a grave threat to democracy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moten Swing on February 13, 2014
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The authors did not spend much time on this (4th) edition.

There are typos, missing apostrophes, undefined jargon ("527"), and lots of poorly edited prose. It makes you want to take a red pen, and write in the margins "awk" and "unclear" and "?".

Also, the authors cite some very dated research, clearly left over from the 1st edition.

I've got few complaints about what they write, but they write it strikingly poorly.
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ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS? THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IN AMERICAN POLITICS reviews the expansion of the Christian right and the part it's played in American politics, considering the figureheads of right power, political connections, and the history of the religious right through modern times. This updated fourth edition carries the discussion through the first part of the Obama administration and offers fine, rational discussion for college-level spirituality or political classes alike!
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