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Religion and Political Tolerance in America
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edited by Paul A. 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 religions take on political tolerance is nuanced and that they are not incompatible; religion can sometimes enhance the tolerance of ordinary citizens.
Contributors include: Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, Ryan P. Burge, Brian R. Calfano, April K. Clark, Marie Courtemanche, Daniel Cox, Marie A. Eisenstein, Christopher Garneau, Ted G. Jelen, Robert P. Jones, Christine Kim, Jeffrey B. Kurtz, Stephen T. Mockabee, Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Jacob R. Neiheisel, Laura R. Olson, Joby Schaffer, Patrick Schoettmer, Anand E. Sokhey, Clyde Wilcox, and the editor.
"(T)he volume is an important compendium of empirical investigations into how religious phenomena affect one's tolerance of unpopular groups.... Perhaps its most important contribution lies in the authors' use of multiple measures of religion and tolerance and how they weigh these measures' merits in adequately capturing religion-tolerance relationships."
"Djupe's collection...examin(es) political tolerance—and religion's influence on it—as an empirical question. Indeed, it does a valuable job of outlining a tradition of quantitative political tolerance analysis that stretches back to the 1950s and of exhibiting recent methodological innovations.... (I)t is a wonderful illustration of the creative use of quantitative methods to unpick long-held assumptions as well as of the profound challenges that quantitative researchers face when mapping out perceptual change."
Part I: Religion and the Elitist Theory
Part II: Social Psychology of Religion and Citizen Political Tolerance
Part III: How Religion Shapes Responses to Intolerance
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.
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