Religion and Political Tolerance in America

9781439912324: Hardback
Release Date: 5th June 2015

9781439912331: Paperback
Release Date: 30th June 2015

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 270

Series Social Logic of Politics

Temple University Press

Religion and Political Tolerance in America

Advances in the State of the Art

Edited by
Paul Djupe
Religious institutions are often engaged in influencing the beliefs and values that individuals hold. But religious groups can also challenge how people think about democracy, including the extension of equal rights and liberties regardless of viewpoint, or what is commonly called political tolerance. The essays in Religion and Political Tolerance in America seek to understand how these elements interrelate. The editor and contributors to this important volume present new and innovative research that wrestles with the fundamental question of the place of religion in democratic society. They address topics ranging from religious contributions to social identity to the political tolerance that religious elites (clergy) hold and advocate to others, and how religion shapes responses to intolerance. The conclusion, by Ted Jelen, emphasizes that religion's take on political tolerance is nuanced and that they are not incompatible; religion can sometimes enhance the tolerance of ordinary citizens.
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Religious institutions are often engaged in influencing the beliefs and values that individuals hold. But religious groups can also challenge how people think about democracy, including the extension of equal rights and liberties regardless of viewpoint, or what is commonly called political tolerance. The essays in Religion and Political Tolerance in America seek to understand how these elements interrelate. The editor and contributors to this important volume present new and innovative research that wrestles with the fundamental question of the place of religion in democratic society. They address topics ranging from religious contributions to social identity to the political tolerance that religious elites (clergy) hold and advocate to others, and how religion shapes responses to intolerance. The conclusion, by Ted Jelen, emphasizes that religion's take on political tolerance is nuanced and that they are not incompatible; religion can sometimes enhance the tolerance of ordinary citizens.

Paul A. Djupe is Associate Professor of Political Science at Denison University. He is the coauthor of The Political Influence of Churches, with Christopher P. Gilbert; of Religious Interests in Community Conflict: Beyond the Culture Wars, with Laura R. Olson; and of God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion, with Brian R. Calfano (Temple). He is also coeditor of the journal Politics and Religion.