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God is a conservative : religion, politics, and morality in contemporary America /
Kenneth J. Heineman.
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New York : New York University Press, c1998.
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xiii, 343 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0814735541 (alk. paper)
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New York : New York University Press, c1998.
isbn
0814735541 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2286417
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-323) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1998-07:
In this excellent and readable examination of current conservative politics, Heineman (history, Ohio Univ.) traces the political history of the past 30 years, placing special emphasis on the role of religious and social conservatism. The author is especially good at showing the shifting relationships among such groups as fiscal and moral conservatives, Catholics and fundamentalists, and libertarians and moderate republicans. Because these alliances change from issue to issue, gauging the direction and strength of conservatism in any political situation proves very difficult. Yet Heineman argues that there is always tremendous potential for conservatism to emerge when the religious aspects become prominent. In his epilog, "There Is No Money in Social Conservatism," Heineman suggests that the appearence of a form of moral populism may bring many aspects of the system together on some kind of common ground. Recommended for academic and public libraries.‘C. Robert Nixon, Lafayette, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1999-02:
With a provocative title, this book's subtitle is perhaps too bland and general. The volume is really meant for political junkies. Organizing his account around all the US presidential races since 1968, Heineman analyzes in detail the complex interplay of religious affiliations, ethnic and generational groupings, and social and moral issues in the political calculus of both parties, but he focuses especially on the Republican and conservative side. The author, a self-described "New Deal conservative" and "moral populist," does not conceal his own opinions, including his scorn for modern "Boomer" liberalism. On the whole, however, his tone is objective and analytical. Heineman is especially good at dissecting the differences within the so-called "religious right." Written in a lively, nonacademic style, God Is a Conservative will be a worthwhile addition to any library and interesting to anyone with a passion for contemporary American politics. J. Stauder; University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
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"Heineman's writing style is lively and engaging. The chief merit of the book is its display of the deep divisions between liberals and conservatives that are at work in both parties."
( "Heineman's writing style is lively and engaging. The chief merit of the book is its display of the deep divisions between liberals and conservatives that are at work in both parties." )-( Journal of the American Academy of Religion ),()
"Heineman's writing style is lively and engaging. The chief merit of the book is its display of the deep divisions between liberals and conservatives that are at work in both parties."-- Journal of the American Academy of Religion "Objective and analytical, written in a lively, nonacademic style, God Is a Conservative will be . . . interesting to anyone with a passion for Contemporary American politics."-- CHOICE "In this excellent and readable examination of current conservative politics, Heineman traces the political history of the past 30 years, placing special emphasis on the role of religious and social conservatism."-- Library Journal
"In this excellent and readable examination of current conservative politics, Heineman traces the political history of the past 30 years, placing special emphasis on the role of religious and social conservatism."
( "In this excellent and readable examination of current conservative politics, Heineman traces the political history of the past 30 years, placing special emphasis on the role of religious and social conservatism." )-( Library Journal ),()
"Objective and analytical, written in a lively, nonacademic style, God Is a Conservative will be . . . interesting to anyone with a passion for Contemporary American politics."
( "Objective and analytical, written in a lively, nonacademic style, God Is a Conservative will be . . . interesting to anyone with a passion for Contemporary American politics." )-( CHOICE ),()
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Summaries
Main Description
A World Fit for People examines what impact the many dramatic worldwide changes--political, economic, social, cultural--are having on the lives of people all over the world. A collaborative effort of more than fifty thinkers from countries throughout the world, this remarkable book contains a range of specific proposals intended to convert threats to opportunities and fears to hopes, in order to foster an environment of peace, prosperity, and social harmony. Part One examines political aspects of changing systems and the links between democracy, development, and the market economy, addressing such issues as rising regionalism, "The West and the Rest," northern policies and southern responses, and the global role of transition countries. Part Two focuses on economic aspects of systemic change. Topics include the role of markets and governments in a free market economy, the plight of developing countries, conditions for aid, and the collapsing vision of global development. The roles of women and family, ethnic conflict, and religion and, more generally, the human, social, cultural, and ecological aspects of change, are considered in Part Three. The contributors advocate a respect for human rights and ethnic and religious diversity as a means of ensuring a pluralistic society. Part Four, which pays special attention to countries trying to overcome the legacy of "the old order," is devoted to such issues as the integration of underdeveloped countries into the global order; the privatization process; trade and payments reforms; and the risks of rapid transformation. A World Fit for People will serve as a useful guide to international economists, diplomats, political scientists, and students of international affairs.
Main Description
From Billy Graham and Ronald Regan to Newt Gingrich and William Bennett, God is a Conservative provides an important look at the role of religion in conservative politics in modern America. Kenneth J. Heineman reveals the profoundly religious nature of contemporary conservatism, offering an intriguing look at the social history of moral politics over the last three decades, and the still tremulous aftershocks of the New Deal. With a new Preface that examines the Bush presidency, including a provocative analysis of his re-election, and the rising influence of the Conservative Right, God is a Conservative is essential reading for understanding today's American political landscape.
Main Description
From Billy Graham and Ronald Regan to Newt Gingrich and William Bennett,God is a Conservativeprovides an important look at the role of religion in conservative politics in modern America. Kenneth J. Heineman reveals the profoundly religious nature of contemporary conservatism, offering an intriguing look at the social history of moral politics over the last three decades, and the still tremulous aftershocks of the New Deal. With a new Preface that examines the Bush presidency, including a provocative analysis of his re-election, and the rising influence of the Conservative Right,God is a Conservativeis essential reading for understanding today's American political landscape.
Main Description
Heineman's writing style is lively and engaging. The chief merit of the book is its display of the deep divisions between liberals and conservatives that are at work in both parties.--Journal of the American Academy of ReligionObjective and analytical, written in a lively, nonacademic style, God Is a Conservative will be... interesting to anyone with a passion for Contemporary American politics.--CHOICEIn this excellent and readable examination of current conservative politics, Heineman traces the political history of the past 30 years, placing special emphasis on the role of religious and social conservatism.--Library JournalFrom Billy Graham and Ronald Regan to Newt Gingrich and William Bennett, God is a Conservative provides an important look at the role of religion in conservative politics in modern America. Kenneth J. Heineman reveals the profoundly religious nature of contemporary conservatism, offering an intriguing look at the social history of moral politics over the last three decades, and the still tremulous aftershocks of the New Deal. With a new Preface that examines the Bush presidency, including a provocative analysis of his re-election, and the rising influence of the Conservative Right, God is a Conservative is essential reading for understanding today's American political landscape.
Unpaid Annotation
"Heineman is especially good at showing the shifting relationships among such groups as fiscal and moral conservatives, Catholics and fundamentalists, and libertarians and moderate republicans."-Library Journal"Objective and analytical, written in a lively, nonacademic style, God Is a Conservative will be a worthwhile addition to any library and interesting to anyone with a passion for Contemporary American politics."-CHOICE"Heineman has given us a learned and expansive perspective on this quantum shift in American political life. His book offers an intriguing look at the social history of moral politics over the last three decades and the still-reverberating aftershocks of the New Deal."-Siuslaw News "The strength of God Is a Conservative lies in its consideration of two important trends in the story of religion and politics over the last thirty years in America."-Cithara"An important contribution to the historiography of colonial American religion."-Religious Studies Review"Heineman's writing style is lively and engaging. The chief merit of the book is its display of the deep divisions between liberals and conservatives that are at work in both parties."-Journal of the American Academy of ReligionIn the wake of the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, many Americans wrote off religious groups, and the conservative movement, as political forces. By 1980, however, with the nation reeling from inflation, humiliation overseas, and a suspicion that liberalism was promoting a breakdown in morality, evangelicals deserted Jimmy Carter in droves, and Catholics converted to Reagan democrats. Conservatism not only survived but bloomed. By 1994, the Christian Coalition was helping engineer a legislative offensive that was to define American politics for years to come.With God Is a Conservative, Kenneth J. Heineman has given us a learned and expansive perspective on this quantum leap in American political life. By tracking the political evolution of such influential leaders as Patrick Buchanan, Michael Novak, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell, and importantly their constituencies, Heineman reveals the profoundly religious nature of contemporary conservatism. His book offers an intriguing look at the social history of moral politics over the last three decades, and the still tremorous aftershocks of the New Deal. Heineman ultimately questions whether moral politics are a diversion from our most pressing problems or a cure for what ails the nation. Peppered with anecdotes, God Is a Conservative serves up a lively examination of the shifting alliances between social, religious, and economic interests in the United States.
Unpaid Annotation
In the wake of the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, many Americans wrote off religious groups, and the conservative movement, as political forces. By 1980, however, with the nation reeling from inflation, humiliation overseas, and a suspicion that liberalism was promoting a breakdown in morality, evangelicals deserted Jimmy Carter in droves, and Catholics converted to Reagan democrats. Conservatism not only survived but bloomed. By 1994, the Christian Coalition was helping engineer a legislative offensive that was to define American politics for years to come.With God Is a Conservative, Kenneth J. Heineman has given us a learned and expansive perspective on this quantum leap in American political life. By tracking the political evolution of such influential leaders as Patrick Buchanan, Michael Novak, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell, and importantly their constituencies, Heineman reveals the profoundly religious nature of contemporary conservatism. His book offers an intriguing look at the social history of moral politics over the last three decades, and the still tremorous aftershocks of the New Deal. Heineman ultimately questions whether moral politics are a diversion from our most pressing problems or a cure for what ails the nation. Peppered with anecdotes, God Is a Conservative serves up a lively examination of the shifting alliances between social, religious, and economic interests in the United States.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction: Heaven Can't Waitp. 1
Reaping the Whirlwind: 1968p. 14
Deluge '72p. 44
J. C. Saves in '76p. 66
The Great Awakening: 1980p. 93
"It's Morning in America": 1984p. 124
"A Thousand Points of Light": 1988p. 152
"Godspeak": 1992p. 182
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": 1996p. 210
Epilogue: There Is No Money in Social Conservatismp. 247
Notesp. 267
Indexp. 325
About the Authorp. 343
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