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Faith, freedom, and the future : religion in American political culture
Dunn, Charles W.
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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2003]

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xxiii, 115 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction: The kaleidoscopic dynamics of faith and freedom / Charles W. Dunn -- Christianity and history / James H. Billington -- How the religious past frames America's future / Mark A. Noll -- Christophobia and the American future / Marvin Olasky -- Ideas that bring down empires: an evangelical case for scholarship / George Marsden -- When faith meets politics: what does it mean to take Washington, D.C., seriously? / Jean Bethke Elshtain -- Reason, freedom, and the rule of law: the political significance of man's spiritual powers / Robert P. George -- Darwin's Black Box / Michael J. Behe -- And the wall came tumbling down: Pope John Paul II and the collapse of communism / George Weigel.
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No subject arouses more passionate controversy than faith and freedom. From the rise of Islam and terrorism to the demise of America's religious traditions, these issues cut to the heart and soul of America and her position in the world. In Faith, Freedom, and the Future renowned scholars discuss the ever-changing relationship between religion and politics. Addressing the issues from a wide variety of perspectives, this work is essential reading for all interested in exploring the role of faith in public institutions.

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Charles W. Dunn is dean of the School of Arts and Letters at Grove City College and author of ten books

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Drawn from lectures delivered at Grove City College in observance of its 125th anniversary, this brief book (edited by Dunn, a dean there) is a clear and concise review of historic and contemporary issues arising from the nexus of religion and politics. With contributors including Marvin Olasky, Mark Noll, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Robert P. George, most of the nine essays in the volume are well researched, with current and historically critical bibliographical references. The sympathy the contributors show for the viability of the traditional Judeo-Christian voice in complex moral and public policy debates provides a refreshing contrast to the reflexive discounting that this traditional voice commonly receives from academic sources. Collectively, the contributors' distinctive perspective serves as an instructive and reliable summary of the outlook of the current US presidential administration toward theoretical and practical matters of faith and politics and to the sentiments of a substantial--if culturally obscured--portion of the general American population. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. B. Stetson Azusa Pacific University

Table of Contents

Charles W. DunnJames H. BillingtonMark A. NollMarvin OlaskyGeorge MarsdenJean Bethke ElshtainRobert P. GeorgeMichael J. BeheGeorge Weigel
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: The Kaleidoscopic Dynamics of Faith and Freedomp. ix
1 Christianity and Historyp. 3
2 How the Religious Past Frames America's Futurep. 19
3 Christophobia and the American Futurep. 41
4 Ideas That Bring Down Empires: An Evangelical Case for Scholarshipp. 55
5 When Faith Meets Politics: What Does It Mean to Take Washington, D.C., Seriously?p. 65
6 Reason, Freedom, and the Rule of Law: The Political Significance of Man's Spiritual Powersp. 77
7 Darwin's Black Boxp. 87
8 And the Wall Came Tumbling Down: Pope John Paul II and the Collapse of Communismp. 101
Selected Bibliographyp. 109