Right and the Righteous
The Christian Right Confronts the Republican Party
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of Pages: 294
Width: 15.8 cm
Height: 23.2 cm
This timely book describes the historical roots and political motives of America's most organized and outspoken political interest group, the Christian Right. Oldfield examines the dilemmas the movement faces within the Republican Party as it attempts both to mobilize its base membership and to participate effectively within broader coalitions.
Oldfield presents an engaging and balanced account of the modern Christian Right and its ever closer ties to the Republican Party... Highly recommended. CHOICE ... writing is clear and engaging, making the book accessible to upper-level undergraduates; at the same time specialists in the field of religion and politics will find it useful to have the material in one neat package. -- Bruce Nesmith Perspectives on Political Science ... an informative, scholarly and objective analysis. Written without either the applause of the alarm usually associated with its subject, It will be a great help in understanding the dynamics of fateful political trends in the years ahead. -- Dean M. Kelley, National Council of Churches Oldfield understands the people he is writing about-what they think and how they feel. He has interviewed them, read their literature, been to their meetings. This book is lucid, perceptive, and unusually well-observed. Those are rare qualities in academic writing today. -- William Schneider, Political Analyst, CNN Duane Oldfield pays the Christian Right the ultimate compliment: he attends seriously to their history, their beliefs, and their prospects for the future. He writes judiciously and calmly about issues that others are shooting about. This is an impressive book, full of insights worth pondering by both the critics and the allies of the Christian Right. It could not be more timely. -- Michael Cromartie, Ethics and Public Policy Center Oldefield's book is an excellent account of the Christian Right and its evolving relationship with the Republican party. -- Douglas Jaenicke, Universtiy of Manchester Political Studies Review, Vol. 46 N0. 2 June 1998 Oldfield's work is judicious and thorough. -- William R. Stevenson Jr., Calvin College Journal of Church & State, Vol. 40, No. 3 Summer 98 ...articulate...extensive descriptions...historical detail... -- Dennis J. Goldford, Drake University H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online