Mainline Christians and U.S. Public Policy: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2007 - Political Science - 336 pages

Mainline Christian Values and U.S. Public Policy: A Reference Handbook provides a revealing and unbiased look at the emergence of Christian denominations as a political force, primarily from the late 19th century to the present.

The book examines the origins, development, current organization and activities, and future prospects of nine mainline U.S. denominations: the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., the Catholic Church, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Church in America, the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. Readers will encounter a surprising variety of Christian voices offering a range of positions on the Iraq War, abortion, same-sex marriage, global warming, stem-cell research, the death penalty, and other controversial issues.

 

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Contents

1 Background and History
1
2 Problems Controversies and Solutions
35
3 Worldwide Perspective
73
4 Chronology
109
5 Biographical Sketches
147
6 Data and Documents
193
7 Directory of Organizations
223
8 Resources
253
Glossary
317
Index
327
About the Author
337
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About the author (2007)

Glenn H. Utter, PhD, is professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The Religious Right, Campaign and Election Reform, and Conservative Christians and Political Participation.

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