Christian: The Politics of a Word in America

Christian: The Politics of a Word in America

by Matthew Bowman


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Religious diversity is a defining feature of the United States. But more remarkable than the range of faiths is the diversity of political visions embedded in them. Matthew Bowman delves into the ongoing struggle over the potent word “Christian,” not merely to settle theological disputes but to discover its centrality to American politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674737631
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/02/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 329,911
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Matthew Bowman is Associate Professor of History at Henderson State University.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Reconstruction, Spiritualism, and the Shape of an Argument 13

2 Creating Western Civilization at Columbia University 32

3 Challenging Western Civilization at Howard University 55

4 Catholic Community in the Great Depression 82

5 The Anxiety of Christian Anticommunism 108

6 Global Christianity and Black Freedom 133

7 Cult and Countercult 159

8 Civil Religion, the Religious Right, and the Fracturing of Christian Republicanism 186

Epilogue 216

Notes 229

Acknowledgments 293

Index 295

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