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  • Series: Dilemmas in American Politics
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Fourth Edition, Fourth Edition, Dilemmas in American Politics Series edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813344530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813344539
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“At a time when the significance of the Christian Right has become harder to discern thanks to recent political developments, Wilcox and Robinson provide an informed and insightful account of this long-lived social movement. Readers of this new edition will find the same balance, fair-mindedness and wisdom that characterized the previous editions. On a subject so often treated polemically, this book remains a welcome corrective."
--Kenneth D. Wald, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Florida|

"A cogent introduction to the 'religious right' in American politics, now revised and updated. Wilcox and Robinson navigate this complex and controversial subject with skill and fairness, covering the movement's origins, goals, activities, and impact."
–John C. Green, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Akron

“Wilcox and Robinson have only improved what was already a classic text. Onward Christian Soldiers? remains the ‘must read’ work on the Christian Right. However, it is not only an excellent introduction to the Christian Right movement; it also poses many challenging questions about the role of religion in American politics--and society.”
–David E. Campbell, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
 
“Wilcox and Robinson present an excellent primer on the Christian Right in US politics as they trace its history and complex array of political organizations and internal divisions…This serves as the classic book on this subject. Highly recommended.” –Choice

Praise for the previous edition:

“Onward Christian Soldiershas been required reading in my class on religion, politics, and public policy since it first appeared. Students find it invaluable.” --Richard Parker, Harvard University
“Maintaining the balance and careful tone that marked the first two editions, the authors address big questions about tolerance, compromise, and trust that challenge pluralist democracies. Given the growing political power of the movement at all levels of government, students will want to consider these issues in their courses on American government, parties and interest groups, and political participation.”
--Linda L. Fowler, professor of government and Frank J. Reagan Chair in Policy Studies, Dartmouth College

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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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9 of 11 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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By Andrew Webster on February 19, 2013
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Astute and well balanced analysis, well researched and excellent references to aid further reading around the subject. Cannot recommend it enough.
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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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3 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Juhem Navarro-Rivera on March 22, 2000
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Onward Christian Soldiers? is an excellent book that shows the historical background and the rises and falls of the Christian Right in contemporary American politics.
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