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Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life

Steven M. Tipton


Since the 2000 presidential election, debate over the role of religion in public life has followed a narrow course as pundits and politicians alike have focused on the influence wielded by conservative Christians. But what about more mainstream Christians? This book examines the political activities of Methodists and mainline churches in its investigation of a generation of denominational strife among church officials, lobbyists, and activists. The result is an account that upends common stereotypes while asking questions about the contested relationship between church and state. Documenting a ... More

Keywords: religion, Christians, Methodists, mainline churches, church and state, Iraq, George W. Bush, United Methodist Church, political advocacy, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226804743
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226804767.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven M. Tipton, author