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This comprehensive text incorporates both original content from leading scholars and excerpts from classic and contemporary writings that will help students explore connections between religion and political culture, movements, institutions, and actors.
Together, the collection of readings offers a broad and diverse overview of central debates about religion's influence on American political history, political life, governing institutions, and public policy.
About the Author
Dr. Amy E. Black is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College (IL). She is the author of Beyond Left and Right (Baker Books, 2008), From Inspiration to Legislation: How an Idea Becomes a Law (Prentice Hall, 2007), and, with Douglas Koopman and David Ryden, Of Little Faith: The Politics of George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives (Georgetown University Press, 2004) as well as book chapters and journal articles on political communication, presidential initiatives, women in politics, and religious political engagement. In 2000-2001, Dr. Black served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.
Dr. Douglas L. Koopman is Professor of Political Science at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Koopman has been the program director of Calvin’s Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, interim director of its Center for Social Research, the college’s William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar-in-Residence, and, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, the founding director of Hope’s Center for Faithful Leadership. He is the author of Hostile Takeover: The House Republican Party, 1980-1995 (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996). He is also co-author of three books: with Amy E. Black and David Ryden, Of Little Faith: The Politics of George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives (Georgetown University Press, 2004), and with Corwin Smidt et al, Pews, Prayers, and Participation: Religion and Civic Responsibility in America (Georgetown, 2008) and The Disappearing God Gap? Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election (Oxford 2009), as well as other articles on the U.S. Congress, political parties, social policy and law, and religious faith in politics. From 1980 to 1995, Koopman worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in personal, committee, and leadership staff roles.
Dr. Larycia A. Hawkins is Assistant Professor of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College (IL). She is the author of “Religion, Race, and Rhetoric: The Black Church, Interest Groups, and Charitable Choice” in Religion, Politics, and the American Experience (Lexington Books, 2006) and “A Live Wire? The Politics of Electricity Deregulation in Oklahoma” (Oklahoma Policy Studies Review, 2002). Dr. Hawkins served as a fellow of the Governing in a Global Era program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and as a Civitas Fellow at the Center for Public Justice.