Filled with Spirit and Power: Protestant Clergy in Politics

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SUNY Press, Jun 8, 2000 - Social Science - 174 pages
In Filled with Spirit and Power, Laura R. Olson explores the variety of orientations urban Protestant clergy display regarding political involvement, as well as the many factors that shape their activity. In the typical urban setting of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the choices pastors make about political involvement are shaped in a profound way not only by their specific religious traditions, but also by the socioeconomic status of the neighborhoods in which they serve. Pastors who serve in economically disadvantaged central city neighborhoods spend the most time on politics, because they come into contact with poverty and its consequences on a daily basis.
 

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Contents

A Tale of Two Pastors
1
Political Involvement Choices and Strategies
13
Personal Resources for Political Involvement
31
Contextual Resources for Political Involvement
43
Substantive Political Agendas
61
Abortion
81
Crime and Violence
97
Family Values
111
Filled with Spirit and Power
127
Appendix
137
Notes
139
References
157
Index
169
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Laura R. Olson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clemson University. She is coauthor of Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices and coauthor of The Religious Dimension of Political Behavior: A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography.

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