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What's God Got to Do with the American Experiment?

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"It is the great virtue of this collection to have made that question, which lies at the heart of of the culture wars, clear to its readers." —Timothy Burns, Philanthropy, 5/10/2001

"Those concerned with efforts to rely on civil society instead of or as well as government would be well advised to turn their attention to this useful collection of essays." —Martin Durham, University of Wolverhampton, American Politics Review, 12/1/2001

"... succeed[s] in shedding some revisionary light on an often dark and stale debate." —Alan Zoellner, College of William and Mary, Journal of Government Information, 28: 2001

"Offer[s] interesting insights into the dilemmas posed by the relationship between politics and religion in the USA." —Alex Waddan, University of Sunderland, Political Studies, 6/1/2002

"The book... include[s] some remarkable good and interesting essays especially those by the editors." —Mathew Ahmann, Former Director of Government Relations, Catholic Charities USA, Social Thought (vol. 22/ no. 1)

About the Author

E.J. Dionne Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, cochair of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, and a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. John J. DiIulio, Jr., Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of politics, religion, and civil society at University of Pennsylvania and a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings, was a former assistant to the President and has served as a consultant for the National Institute of Justice and the National Institute of Corrections. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including Body Count: Moral Poverty... and How to Win America's War Against Crime and Drugs (Simon & Schuster, 1996), Inside the Reinvention Machine: Appraising Governmental Reform (Brookings, 1995), Making Health Reform Work: The View from the States (Brookings, 1994), and No Escape: The Future of American Corrections (Basic Books, 1991).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815718691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815718697
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
The issue of "charitable choice" and faith-based organizations' eligibility for federal funding for social service programs is a very important topic of discussion in nonprofit and governmental circles, as well as among the general public. This book is a collection of essays from some of the leading thinkers in the field on these issues and others related to religion and public policy in America.
E.J. Dionne is a Senior Fellow in Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for the Washington Post, and his co-editor, John DiIulio, now serves as the Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
The first essay alone is worth the price of the book and more. "God and the American Experiment -- an Introduction," co-authored by the editors, eloquently lays out the perspectives of the book's respective contributors and weaves them into a description of the history, the paradoxes, and the ambiguities inherent in the issue of the role and limitations of religious involvement in public life in America. Advocates for, and opponents of, expanding access to government support by private organizations seeking to address social ills are found across all party, religious, and ideological lines.
That last point is important enough to reiterate. Both President Bush and former Vice President Gore campaigned in 2000 on platforms that included expansion of access by faith-based organizations to federal support. Although the initiative is often suspected of being a tactic of Christian conservatives, the two government leaders responsible for its implementation, Mr. DiIulio and Stephen Goldsmith, are a Catholic Democrat and Jewish Republican, respectively.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 15, 2001
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What's God Got To Do With The American Experiment? is a collection of essays examining the role of religion in public life as played out in the political arena in a democracy. Answers to questions about the complex relationship between religious faith and the American democracy are obscure, controversial, and constantly evolving from generation to generation. The essayists examine a variety of issues ranging from the role of a spiritual advisor to President Clinton, to faith-based social programs, to the involvement of Black Churches with political reforms, and much more. What's God Got To Do With The American Experiment? is thought provoking, highly recommended reading for political science students and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Church/State relations within the American system of democratic, constitutional governance.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2000
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This is a very informative book by the always informative E. J. Dionne. The book provides a series of strong essays detailing the evolution and role of religion is American politics. A good read for any Government student.
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