Books on Politics and Religion

Abanes, Richard. American Militias: Rebellion, Racism & Religion. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1996.

Abrams, Elliot.  The Influence of Faith:  Religious Groups and U.S. Foreign Policy.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001.

Aho, James. A. The Politics of Righteousness: Idaho Christian Patriotism. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1990. (Covers more than the subtitle suggests)

Alexander-Moegerle, Gil. James Dobson’s War on America. Amherst, N.Y: Prometheus Books, 1997. (Insider insights from a former staff member.)

Appleby, R. Scott and Martin E. Marty. Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies and Militance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Arendt, Hannah. Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought. New York: Penguin Books, 1968.

Armstrong, Karen.  The Battle for God.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

Averill, Llord J.  Religious Right, Religious Wrong:  A Critique of the Fundamentalist Phenomenon.  New York:  Pilgrim Press, 1989.

Barber, Benjamin R. Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism are Reshaping the World. New York: Ballentine Books, 1996.

Barker, Eileen ed. Of Gods and Men: New Religious Movements in the West. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1983.

Barkun, Michael. Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement. Revised Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Barth, Karl.  Church and State.  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 

Bellah, Robert N.  The Broken Covenant:  American Civil Religion in Time of Trial.  Second Edition.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Bellah, Robert N. and Greenspahn, Frederick E.  Uncivil Religion:  Interreligious Hostility in America.  New York:  Crossroad, 1987.

Berger, Brigitte and Peter L. The War Over the Family: Capturing the Middle Ground. Garden City: AnchorPress/Doubleday, 1983.

Berlet, Chip and Lyons, Matthew N.  Right-Wing Population in America:  Too Close for Comfort.  New York:  Guilford Press, 2000.

Berliner, David C. and Bruce J. Biddle. The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Frauds, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1995.

Blanchard, Dallas.  The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Rise of the Religious Right:  From Polite to Fiery Protest.  New York:  Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994.

Boston, Robert. The Most Dangerous Man in America? Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1996.

Boston, Robert. Why the Religious Right is Wrong About Separation of Church & State. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 1993.

Bracey, Gerald W. Setting the Record Straight: Responses to Misconceptions About Public Education in the United States. Alexandria, VA: Association for the Supervision of Curriculum Development, 1997.

Brickner, Bryan W.  The Promise Keepers:  Politics and PromisesLexington Books, 1999.

Bridges, Tyler.  The Rise of David Duke.  Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 1994.

Brown, Ruth Murray.  For a "Christian America":  A History of the Religious Right.  Prometheus Books, 2002.

Bruce, Steve. The Rise and Fall of the New Christian Right. Oxford: Oxford University, 1988.

Bryan, G. MCLeod.  These Few Also Paid a Price:  Testimonies of thirty southern whites who participated in the Civil Rights Movement.  Macon:  Mercer University Press, 2001.

Carter, Dan T.  The Politics of Rage:  George Wallace, The Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics.  New York:  Simon & Shuster, 1995.

Carter, Stephen L. The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion. New York: Basic Books, 1993.

Castelli, Jim. A Plea for Common Sense: Resolving the Clash between Religion & Politics. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.

Clabaugh, Gary K. Thunder on the Right: The Protestant Fundamentalists. Chicago: Nelson Hall Co., 1974.

Clarkson, Frederick. Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy. Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1997.

Cousins, Norman.  "In God We Trust"  The Religious Beliefs and Ideas of the American Founding Fathers.  New York:  Harper & Brothers, 1958.

Craig, Robert H.  Religion and Radical Politics:  An Alternative Christian Tradition in the United States.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1992.

D’Antonio, Michael. Fall From Grace: The Failed Crusade of the Christian Right. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1992.

Davis, Derek and Marv Knox and Melissa Rogers and Mike Smith. Empowering Believers: Christian Citizenship Through the Culture Wars. Nashville: Baptist Center for Ethics, 1996.

Diamond, Sara.  Not by Politics Alone:  Then Enduring Influence of the Christian Right.  New York:  Guilford Press, 1998. 

Douglas, R. Bruce.  A Nation Under God?  Essays on the Fate of Religion in American Public Life.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000.

Durham, Martin.  The Christian Right, the Far Right and the Boundaries of American Conservatism.  Manchester University Press, 2001.

Emerson, Michael O. and Smith, Christian.  Divided By Faith:  Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2000.

Fuller, Edmund and David E. Green. God in the White House: The Faiths of American Presidents. New York: Crown Publishers, 1968.

Gaddy, C. Welton. Faith and Politics: What’s a Christian to do? Macon: Peake Road, 1996.

Gaddy, C. Welton.  Profile of a Christian Citizen.  Nashville:  Broadman Press, 1974.

Gamwell, Franklin I.  The Meaning of Religious Freedom:  Modern Politics and the Democratic Resolution.  New York:  SUNY Press, 1995.

Garber, Marjorie and Walkowitz, Rebecca L.  One Nation Under God:  Religion and American Culture.  New York:  Routledge, 1999.

George, John and Wilcox, Larry.  American Extremists.  New York:  Prometheus Books, 1996.  The definitive volume for coverage of both left wing and right wing extremists.

Goen, C.C. Broken Churches, Broken Nation: Denominational Schisms and the Coming of the Civil War. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1985.

Glover, Willis B.  Biblical Origins of Modern Secular Culture:  An Essay in Interpretation of Western History.  Macon:  Mercer University Press, 1984.

Green, John C., Guth, James L., Smidt, Corwin E., and Kellstedt, Lyman A.  Religion and the Culture Wars:  Dispatches From the Front.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1996.

Gushee, David P., ed.  Christians and Politics Beyond the Culture Wars:  An Agenda for Engagement.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Book House

Hadden, Jeffrey K. and Charles E. Swann. Prime Time Preachers: The Rising Power of Televangelism. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1981.

Hardesty, Jean.  Mobilizing Resentment:  Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers.  Boston:  Beacon Press, 1999.

Hart, Roderick P. The Political Pulpit. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University, 1977.

Haynes, Charles C. and Oliver Thomas, eds. Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education. Nashville: The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, 1994.

House, H. Wayne and Thomas Ice. Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? An Analysis of Christian Reconstructionism. Portland: Multnomah, 1988.

Hunter, James Davison. Before the Shooting Begins: Searching for Democracy in America’s Culture War. New York: Free Press, 1994.

Hunter, James Davison. Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. New York: Basic Books, 1991.

Huntington, Samuel P.  The Clash of Civilizations:  Remaking of World Order.  New York:  Touchstone, 1996.

Jurgensmeyer, Mark.  Terror in the Mind of God:  The Global Rise of Religious Violence.  Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2000.

Kosmin, Barry A. and Seymour P. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society. New York: Harmony Books, 1993.

Lader, Lawrence.  Politics, Power & the Church:  The Catholic Crisis and Its Challenge to American Pluralism.  New York:  Macmillan Publishing Company, 1987.

Lerner, Michael. The Politics of Meaning. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1997.

Lienesch, Michael. Redeeming America: Piety and Politics in the New Christian Right. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

Lind, Michael. Up From Conservatism: Why the Right is Wrong for America. New York: Free Press, 1996.

Martin, William. With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America. New York: Broadway Books, 1996.

Marty, Martin E. and R. Scott Appleby. The Glory and the Power: The Fundamentalist Challenge to the Modern World. Boston: Beacon, 1992.

Mead, Sidney E. The Nation with the Soul of a Church. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1985.

Meyer, Donald. The Protestant Search for Political Realism, 1919-1941. Second Edition. Middletown, CN: Wesleyan University Press, 1988.

Mouw, Richard J. Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

Neuhaus, Richard John. The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1984. (Accomodationist rather than strict separationist view of church-state relations)

Neuhaus, Richard John and Michael Cromartie. Piety & Politics: Evangelicals and Fundamentalists Confront the World. Washington, D.C.: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1987.

Noll, Mark A. One Nation Under God? Christian Faith and Political Action in America. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988.

Nord, Warren A. Religion and American Education: Rethinking a National Dilemma. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Oldfield, Duane M.  The Right and the Righteous:  The Christian Right Confronts the Republican Party.  New York:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1996.

Riemer, Neal. ed.  Let Justice Roll:  Prophetic Challenges in Religion, Politics, and Society.  New York:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1996.

Reiter, Jerry.  Live From the Gates of Hell:  An Insider's Look at the Antiabortion Underground.  Amherst, NY:  Prometheus Books, 2000.

Rovere, Richard H.  Senator Joe McCarthy.  New York:  Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1959.

Rozell, Mark J. and Wilcox, Clyde. Eds.  God at the Grass Roots:  The Christian Right in the 1994 Elections.  New York:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1995.

Sabato, Larry J. and Glenn R. Simpson. Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics. New York: Random House, 1996.

Schaeffer, Francis A.  A Christian Manifesto.  Revised Edition. Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 1982.   (This book and Whitehead's Second American Revolution spurred many Christian Fundamentalists to secular political activism.  Both books echo Christian Reconstructionist themes.  For a critique of Christian Reconstructionism see Clarkson's Eternal Hostility or House's Dominion Theology.)

Segers, Mary C.  Piety, Politics and Pluralism:  Religion, the Courts and the 2000 Election.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001.

Silk, Mark. Spiritual Politics: Religion and America Since World War II. New York: Touchstone, 1989.

Simmons, Paul D., Editor. Freedom of Conscience:  A Baptist/Humanist Dialogue.  Prometheus Books, 2000.

Sine, Tom. Cease Fire: Searching for Sanity in America’s Culture Wars. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Sittser, Gerald L. Loving Across Our Differences. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1994.

Smidt, Corwin E., ed.  In God We Trust?  Religion and American Political Life.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Book House

Smith, Timothy L. Revivalism and Social Reform in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Abingdon Press, 1957.

Stern, Kenneth S.  A Force Upon the Plain:  The American Militia Movement and the Politics of Hate.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Straub, Gerald Thomas.  Salvation for Sale:  An Insider's View of Pat Robertson's Ministry.  New York:  Prometheus Books, 1986.

Streiker, Lowell. The Gospel Time Bomb: Ultrafundamentalism and the Future of America. New York: Prometheus Books, 1984.

Swomley, John M.  Confronting Church and State:  Memoirs of an Activist.  Amherst, NY:  Humanist Press, 1997.

Swomley, John M.  Confronting Systems of Violence:  Memoirs of a Peace Activist.  Nyack, NY:  Fellowship Publications, 1998.

Tinder, Gerald. The Political Meaning of Christianity: The Prophetic Stance, An Interpretation. San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers, 1989.

Valentine, Foy. Citizenship for Christians. Nashville: Broadman, 1965.

Wallis, Jim. The Soul of Politics: Beyond "Religious Right" and "Secular Left". New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1995.

Wallis, Jim. Who Speaks for God? New York: Dell Publishing, 1996.

Washington, James Melvin.  Frustrated Fellowship:  The Black Baptist Quest for Social Power.  Macon:  Mercer University Press, 1986.

Watson, Justin. The Christian Coalition: Dreams of Restoration, Demands for Recognition. St. Martins Press, 1997.

White, Mel. Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America. New York: Penguin/Plume Books, 1995. (Insider insights from a speech writer for Ollie North and a ghost writer for Jerry Falwell)

Whitehead, John W.  The Second American Revolution.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 1982.  (This book and Schaeffer's Christian Manifesto spurred many Christian Fundamentalists to secular political activism.  Both books echo Christian Reconstructionist themes.  For a critique of Christian Reconstructionism see Clarkson's Eternal Hostility or House's Dominion Theology.)

Wood, James E. Jr. Nationhood and the Kingdom: The Role of Religion in the Life of a Nation. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977.

Wuthnow, Robert.  The Restructuring of American Religion.  New Jersey:  Princeton University Press, 1988.

Yarbrough, Slayden A., ed. Baptists and the White House. Baptist History and Heritage Vol. XXXII, No. 1, January 1997.

Zwier, Robert. Born-Again Politics: The New Christian Right in America. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1982.


Video Tapes on Politics and Religion

The Glory and the Power: The Fundamentalist Challenge to the Modern World. PBS Television and NPR Radio Series, 1992.

Moyers, Bill. God and Politics, 1987. Public Affairs Television 356 West 58th St. New York, NY 10019.

With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America. Public Television Series, 1997.


Internet Sites on Politics and Religion

Center for Progressive Christianity

Chalcedon Foundation (Christian Reconstructionist)

Christian Coalition

Interfaith Alliance

Institute for the Study of Religion in Politics

Mainstream Opinion

The PEW Research Center

Texas Faith Network


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