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American Religion, American PoliticsAn Anthology$
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Joseph K Kosek

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203516

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203516.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
American Religion, American Politics
Joseph Kip Kosek
Yale University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book is an anthology of significant writings on religion and politics from the colonial period to recent times. Rather than offering a comprehensive prescription for our public life, it presents an extended conversation. Although this volume covers a wide range of subjects, it returns throughout to three interrelated themes, common problems that persist across historical eras. The first theme deals with the scope of religious freedom and religious toleration, values inextricably linked to the First Amendment's religion clauses. The second addresses religion's role as an ethical compass for public life. The third major center of gravity, which intermingles with the first two, is about the character of the American nation.

Keywords:   American politics, religion, American government, religious freedom, public life, ethics, American nation

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