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God and Country
America in Red and Blue
Americans increasingly think in terms of red and blue. God and Country examines the religious roots of these cultural divisions in American political life. But instead of pitting a people of faith against a secular humanist elite, God and Country helps Americans understand the religious differences that divide, appreciate the public agreements that allow us to live with religious differences, evaluate how existing democratic processes alleviate divisions, and identify ways Americans can agree to disagree.
Part I: What is a Paradigm, and Why Does It Matter?
1 Habits of theMind—Thinking in Red and Blue
2 America’s Religious Roots
3 A New Paradigm
Part II: The Democratic Dialectic
4 Conflict and Change
5 The Culture War Considered
Part III: Paradigm and Policy: Now You See It, Now You Don’t
6 The Usual Suspects
7 Religion, Wealth, and Poverty
8 Religion, Science, and the Environment
9 Sin and Crime
10 God and Country, Us and Them
Part IV: Living Together
11 Living Together
This book is a careful examination of the divisions that affect political discourse in the US today... Recommended.
Kennedy deftly unravels the competing ideologies that keep us talking past one another rather than engage in meaningful conversation.
—Randall Balmer, Professor of American Religious History
Sheila Kennedy (J.D. Indiana University School of Law) is Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.