Encyclopedia of American religion and politics /

Main Author: Djupe, Paul A.
Other Authors: Olson, Laura R., 1967-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Facts On File, 2003.
Series: Facts on File library of American history
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The fruit of a collective effort by 135 scholars in religion and politics, this encyclopedia intends to provide comprehensive coverage of the concepts, religious denominations, historical events, jurisprudence, groups, forces, and phenomena that make significant connections between religion and politics in the US. It also includes intellectual biographies of selected major figures whose work has left an indelible impact on the field. The entries are selected according to predetermined intellectual themes such as the role of religious organizations during the Colonial era; the relation between religion, the US Constitution, and public policy; and the current impact of religious interest groups and movements on political parties and elections. Arranged alphabetically, the 600 entries are signed, cross-referenced where appropriate, and end with brief lists of references. Front matter includes a list of entries, and there is a general bibliography. Reproduced photographs and useful statistical tables are found in selected entries. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and academic libraries. F. H. Dagher Columbia University

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Review by Booklist Review

This encyclopedia brings together "in one place 'the facts' about the people, groups, jurisprudence, forces, and phenomena that together tell the story of the interaction between religion and politics in America." A team of 135 scholars wrote the more than 600 entries, which focus on several themes, among them the roles played by religious organizations and beliefs in shaping American politics; religion and the Constitution; and the intersections between religion, political theory, and public policy. The A-Z entries include discussions of the Abolitionist movement, Anti-Defamation League, Christian social ethics, Focus on the Family, Gay and lesbian marriage, and Raid on Waco, among other topics. Numerous men and women who had influence on the world of religion and politics, such as Ralph Abernathy, Mary Baker Eddy, Cotton Mather, and several U.S. presidents, are included. There are also entries for court cases that left their mark on the religious and political landscape of the U.S. Other entries cover different religious traditions, including Christian Science, Hinduism, Islam, andudaism. Length ranges from approximately half of a page to two pages. Many entries conclude with a list of further readings. This work offers general information for the beginning researcher and could be used as a springboard to further research. It joins two similar-sounding but older titles. Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics (Oryx, 1998) covers many of the same topics in its 700 short entries and also provides some supporting material, such as a collection of speeches and documents and a time line. Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (Congressional Quarterly, 1999) offers a global perspective. Academic and larger public libraries that don't already have a resource on the relationship between politics and religion in the U.S., or that need to expand or update their holdings, might do well to include this newer volume in their collection. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Religious views have played important roles in forming and structuring specific policy objectives in the political arena. Here, political science professors Djupe (Denison Univ.) and Olson (Clemson Univ.) have compiled more than 550 introductory entries on the most significant historical and contemporary connections between religion and politics in the United States. Their goal was to collect facts about people, groups, jurisprudence, media, and events that together tell the story of the interaction between religion and politics in America. Consequently, the A-to-Z entries, ranging in length from a few paragraphs to more than a page, address broad topics, such as the U.S. Constitution, political parties, public policy issues, historic events, and significant Supreme Court cases. Also featured are short biographies of key figures, including religious leaders (e.g., Jerry Falwell) and presidents (e.g., George W. Bush). One group of entries covers religion in the presidential elections from 1800 to 2000, showing the connection of religion to both the Democratic and the Republican parties. Written by a team of 135 scholars of religion and politics, the articles serve as a reference for people searching for basic and detailed information, as well as a gateway to further reading (bibliographies are provided). With about 60 black-and-white photos, the encyclopedia is timely and accessible, updating such works as Robert Wuthnow's two-volume The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (1998) and Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics, edited by Jeffrey Schultz & others (1999). Recommended for most reference collections in public libraries.-L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L., IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-An alphabetical listing of people, places, court cases, books, terms, events, and issues. The signed entries are written by academics as well as people working for such institutions as the Center for Public Justice, the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, and the National Women's Christian Temperance Union. The writing is clear, objective, and to the point. Entries average half a page in length and include discussions of "conscientious objection," "prayer in public schools," William Penn, the Ku Klux Klan, Roe v. Wade, religion and the vote in various elections, and more. While there is plenty of information available on these topics, these articles offer a starting point for student research. Many entries include cross-references and further-reading suggestions of journal articles, periodical references, books, doctoral dissertations, and Web sites. The black-and-white photographs interspersed throughout are often dark and/or grainy; the black-and-white reproductions are of higher quality. There are also a few charts. A secondary purchase for most libraries.-Maureen Connelly, John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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