As religiously grounded moral arguments have become ever more influential factors in the national debate-particularly reinforced by recent presidential elections and the creation of the faith-based initiative office in the White House-journalists' ignorance about theological convictions has often worked to distort the public discourse on important policy issues. This timely book presents a series of conversations that will help policy makers and observers increase their understanding of religion, religious communities, and the relgious convictions that inform the political activity of devout believers. This book is published in cooperation with the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Michael Cromartie is vice president at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is the editor of several books, most recently A Public Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagement (2003).
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Evangelicalism and American Life: A Conversation with Nathan Hatch, Grant Wacker, and Hanna Rosin Chapter 3 New Century, New Story-Line: Catholics in America: A Conversation with George Weigel and Kenneth L. Woodward Chapter 4 Can the Jews Survive America?: A Conversation with Jack Wertheimer and David Brooks Chapter 5 Does God Belong on the Stump?: A Conversation with Stephen Carter, Charles Krauthammer, and Leo Ribuffo Chapter 6 How the Faithful Voted: A Conversation with John C. Green and John DiIulio Chapter 7 How Should We Talk? Religion and Public Discourse: A Conversation with Jean Bethke Elshtain and William McGurn Chapter 8 The New Christian Right in Historical Context: A Conversation with Leo Ribuffo and David Shribman Chapter 9 The Rights and Wrongs of Religion in Politics: A Conversation with Stephen Carter and Jeffrey Rosen Part 10 Discussion Participants Part 11 Index