God in the White House: How Religion Has Changed the Modern Presidency

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9780025577602: God in the White House: How Religion Has Changed the Modern Presidency

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Both books under review strive to examine the relationship between religion and the presidency in modern American politics. After showing how consensual "civil religion" experienced unprecedented challenge in the 1960s, Hutcheson examines how presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan responded to this challenge. Hutcheson clearly advocates strict church-state separation, and he sees this division as vulnerable both to President Carter's Southern Baptist convictions and President Reagan's calculated appeal to the New Christian Right. He concludes, however, that church-state separation remained intact in both administrations. Unlike Hutcheson, Pierard and Linder trace the origins of church-state separation and "civil religion" to the early republic. Clearly evangelical and Democratic in outlook, they track the role of presidents Washington, Lincoln, McKinley, Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan in the development of American "civil religion." They accept the present de-Christianization of America and conclude that a viable "civil religion" now must be broader-based than the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Despite these differences, both books are serious, thoughtful, superbly crafted studies, well suited for most libraries. Susan A. Stussy, St. Norbert Coll. Lib., De Pere, Wis.
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