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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802866409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802866400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jos� Casanova
-- Georgetown University
"Marcia Pally's book opens an insightful and sympathetic window into the world of the 'new evangelicals,' capturing their voices, their beliefs, and their practices. . . . Makes a compelling case for a subtle yet profound and, most likely, long-lasting shift in evangelical political culture."

Harvey Cox
-- Author of The Future of Faith
"We clearly need a book like this that breaks the damaging stereotypes of evangelicals, and Marcia Pally's fine book does it splendidly with an artful mixture of history, analysis, description, and interviews. . . . Enlarges and deepens the vital discussion of religion in America today."

Nadine Strossen
-- Former President, American Civil Liberties Union
"A groundbreaking study of America's religio-political landscape. Believers and secularists alike will be moved and challenged and will learn much from Pally's explanation of the issues, her field research, and the compelling interviews that show 'new evangelicals' to be sensitive and sophisticated thinkers on some of today's most pressing political and economic questions."

Conor Cunningham
-- University of Nottingham, England
"A wonderful, exciting intervention on the stage of evangelical Christianity. . . . Highly recommended."

About the Author

Professor Marcia Pally teaches Multilingual Multicultural Studies at New York University and has written several books on American evangelicalism as well as on religion and politics.

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Professor Marcia Pally teaches at New York University in Multilingual Multicultural Studies and at Fordham University's Institute of American Language and Culture. She is the author of ten books; her upcoming work will be published by Eerdmans Press. Professor Pally's research interests include religion, culture, and politics as well as culture, language use, and language pedagogy. She is a permanent Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin twice, in 2007 and 2010. Prof.Pally is the recipient of the prestigious German Research Foundation/Mercator Guest Professorship as well as The Guest Professorship grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.(The German Research Foundation is roughly the equivalent of the National Institutes for the Humanities). Additionally, she is the co-recipient of a German Research Foundation research grant to compare the political ethics and activism of American and German evangelicals.

In addition to her academic work, Prof. Pally has been a columnist in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years, writing for The New York Times, Telos journal, Internationale Politik (German Council on Foreign Relations), die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , Südduetsche Zeitung, Merkur, Tageszeitung, and Frankfurter Rundschau, among other periodicals.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Dahl VINE VOICE on December 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an incredibly well written book. Very well researched. Thought provoking and mind-bending. A terribly good book to guide and inform group discussions of a myriad of issues that arise in faith communities in the U.S. today.

The first part of the book, focusing on the issues of Church and State is likely one of the best treatments of the subject I have ever read. The interviews that are interspersed throughout the book enhance what could have been a purely historical/scholarly discussion of a myriad of issues. These interviews include the following: Robert Andrescik, Larry Perry, Tim McFarlane, Mark Batterson, Dan and Barbara Lacich, Robert Cizik, Greg Boyd, JI-Hye and Hank, Joel Hunter, David Gushee, Heather Gonzales, Shane Claiborne, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo etc.

In the concluding remarks, the following is terribly poignant:

"What do religio-political shifts suggest about religion? Possibly that it is a pawn, an institution that follows the fashion of the day or is recruited for economic and political interests. Perhaps, but these historical shifts may also point to something else - religions unremarkable humanness. The Divine may be omniscient and infallible, but religion as practiced in this world is a human institution. Like other such institutions , churches respond to circumstances in their perspectives and conduct. Though each faith tradition maintains core tenets, these tenets rarely fully determine religious praxis. Religion, as it is practiced, is both adaptable and corruptible, as are all (human) social, political and economic systems. Any history of religion makes it trite to say that practices today differ from those of yesterday; they differ from country to country, at times from street corner to street corner." (p.244).
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Insightful, in-depth look at the growing number of evangelicals who no longer fit the stereotype of the Religious Right. The book provides a good historical look at the differing views evangelicals have held toward the federal government. Supported by numerous interviews, Ms Pally explains the thinking and practices of this sizable but diverse group of evangelicals. Instead of political activities, the "new evangelicals" focus on poverty relief, environmental stewardship, immigration reform, and anti-war activities. Still strongly anti-abortion, they will work with liberal groups to reduce the number of abortions through adoption and comprehensive assistance to poor women, not only before birth but afterwards in day care, job training, medical care, etc. Easy to read and only 250 pages long, this is a compelling look at a significant trend that is likely to impact American politics for years to come.
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