Religion and Political Tolerance in America: Advances in the State of the Art

Religion and Political Tolerance in America: Advances in the State of the Art

by Paul Djupe (Editor)


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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 religion’s take on political tolerance is nuanced and that they are not incompatible; religion can sometimes enhance the tolerance of ordinary citizens.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439912331
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Social Logic of Politics Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Paul A. Djupe 1

Part I Religion and the Elitist Theory

1 The Political Tolerance of Clergy and Its Democratic Roots Paul A. Djupe Ryan P. Burge Brian R. Calfano 21

2 The Golden Rule Theory: The Nature of Clergy Influence on Congregational Political Tolerance Paul A. Djupe Brian R. Calfano 34

3 Religious Tolerance in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Paul A. Djupe Jeffrey B. Kurtz 51

4 Fearful Asymmetry: Tolerance of Christian Fundamentalists among Political Elites Clyde Wilcox Christine Kim 67

Part II Social Psychology of Religion and Citizen Political Tolerance

5 Heterogeneous Religion Measures and Political Tolerance Outcomes Marie A. Eisenstein April K. Clark 83

6 Religion, Morality, and Tolerance: The Role of Disgust Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom Marie Courtemanche 100

7 Religious Worldviews and Political Tolerance: Communitarianisra, Inclusiveness, and Moral Foundations Paul A. Djupe Stephen T. Mockabee 117

8 Nonreligious Tolerance: American Attitudes toward Atheists, America's Most Unpopular Religious Group Daniel Cox Robert P. Jones Juhem Navarro-Rivera 133

9 The Religious Economy of Political Tolerance Joby Schaffer Anand E. Sokhey Paul A. Djupe 151

10 Predispositions, Standing Decisions, Political Tolerance, and the Role of Religion: An Exploratory Model Marie A. Eisenstein 165

Part III How Religion Shapes Responses to Intolerance

11 Carriers of the Creed? The Effects of Urging Tolerance on Persuasion Paul A. Dtupe Jacob R. Neiheisel Laura R. Olson 183

12 Going to Extremes: Stereotypes, Constitutional Violations, and Support for Religious Elites Brian R. Calfano Paul A. Djupe 200

13 Stigma Management by Midwestern Secularists Christopher Garneau 211

14 American Muslim Political Responses to Threat Patrick Schoettmer 228

Conclusion: Reflections on the Study of Religion and Political Tolerance Ted G. Jelen 248

Contributors 259

Index 263

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