Religion and American Political Thought

Michael Lienesch

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326529
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Religion and American Political Thought

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This article discusses the three general approaches to the study of political thought, namely: political philosophy, history of political theory, and contemporary social and political thought. The article describes the changing conceptions of religion's role and discusses how the secular understandings have been challenged by religious ones. It shows how the political meaning and purpose of religion has continued to be contested. An evaluation of the current status of scholarship in the field is also provided.

Keywords: political thought; political philosophy; political theory; contemporary social thought; contemporary political thought; secular understandings; purpose of religion; political meaning

Article.  16299 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies

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