By Geoffrey Layman
How did the Christian correct come to predominate within the Republican get together? Why, nevertheless, do secular and religiously liberal ideals principally be triumphant within the Democratic celebration? Our knowing of the rift among the Democratic and Republican parties―a rift in lots of methods fueled by way of spiritual beliefs―requires an research of the complete spectrum of spiritual and nonreligious avid gamers within the American political approach and the way their impression has developed over an extended time period.
Employing a colossal choice of info on social gathering individuals, activists, and elites, Geoffrey Layman examines the function of faith within the Democratic and Republican events, and the ways that faith has inspired the political approach from the early Sixties during the overdue Nineties. utilizing a large choice of assets, together with the yankee nationwide Election Studies―the significant educational survey of the yankee electorate―Layman unearths an unlimited and subtly differentiated panorama of political lifestyles and a extra brilliant foundation upon which to investigate the ever-widening chasm among the parties.
Layman investigates a huge spectrum of non secular style, bringing up changes among African American Protestants, white evangelical Protestants, Roman Catholics, Jews, nonreligious or seculars, and smaller spiritual teams, in addition to political cleavages inside those religion traditions. together with his broad-based and thorough research, he counters the customarily slender concentration and incendiary rhetoric of a number of the "culture struggle" debates.