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The Politics of Evangelical Identity - Local Churches and Partisan Divides in the United States and Canada

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Published in 2014 by Princeton University Press. Includes extensive chapter notes, bibliography and index.

It is now a common refrain among liberals that Christian Right pastors and television pundits have hijacked evangelical Christianity for partisan gain. The Politics of Evangelical Identity challenges this notion, arguing that the hijacking metaphor paints a fundamentally distorted picture of how evangelical churches have become politicised.
The book reveals how the powerful coalition between evangelicals and the Republican Party is not merely a creation of political elites who have framed conservative issues in religious language, but is anchored in the lives of local congregations.
Drawing on her ground breaking research at evangelical churches near the U.S. border with Canada, two in Buffalo, New York, and two in Hamilton, Ontario; Lydia Bean compares how American and Canadian evangelicals talk about politics in congregational settings. While Canadian evangelicals share the same theology and conservative moral attitudes as their American counterparts, their politics are quite different. On the U.S. side of the border, political conservatism is woven into the very fabric of everyday religious practice. Bean shows how subtle partisan cues emerge in small group interactions as members define how "we Christians" should relate to others in the broader civic arena, while liberals are cast in the role of adversaries.
She explains how the most explicit partisan cues come not from clergy but rather from lay opinion leaders who help their less politically engaged peers to link evangelical identity to conservative politics. The Politics of Evangelical Identity demonstrates how deep the ties remain between political conservatism and evangelical Christianity in America.

Complete with original unclipped dust jacket, all in a very good clean & unread condition.

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Author(s):
Lydia Bean
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
16 cm by 24.2 cm
Edition:
2014
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0691161305
ISBN-13:
9780691161303
Number of pages:
316
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Title:
The Politics of Evangelical Identity - Local Churches and Partisan Divides in the United States and Canada

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Published in 2014 by Princeton University Press. Includes extensive chapter notes, bibliography and index.

It is now a common refrain among liberals that Christian Right pastors and television pundits have hijacked evangelical Christianity for partisan gain. The Politics of Evangelical Identity challenges this notion, arguing that the hijacking metaphor paints a fundamentally distorted picture of how evangelical churches have become politicised.
The book reveals how the powerful coalition between evangelicals and the Republican Party is not merely a creation of political elites who have framed conservative issues in religious language, but is anchored in the lives of local congregations.
Drawing on her ground breaking research at evangelical churches near the U.S. border with Canada, two in Buffalo, New York, and two in Hamilton, Ontario; Lydia Bean compares how American and Canadian evangelicals talk about politics in congregational settings. While Canadian evangelicals share the same theology and conservative moral attitudes as their American counterparts, their politics are quite different. On the U.S. side of the border, political conservatism is woven into the very fabric of everyday religious practice. Bean shows how subtle partisan cues emerge in small group interactions as members define how "we Christians" should relate to others in the broader civic arena, while liberals are cast in the role of adversaries.
She explains how the most explicit partisan cues come not from clergy but rather from lay opinion leaders who help their less politically engaged peers to link evangelical identity to conservative politics. The Politics of Evangelical Identity demonstrates how deep the ties remain between political conservatism and evangelical Christianity in America.

Complete with original unclipped dust jacket, all in a very good clean & unread condition.

Added value:
First Edition
Author(s):
Lydia Bean
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
16 cm by 24.2 cm
Edition:
2014
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0691161305
ISBN-13:
9780691161303
Number of pages:
316
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Title:
The Politics of Evangelical Identity - Local Churches and Partisan Divides in the United States and Canada

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