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God and Country
America in Red and Blue

By Sheila Kennedy

God and Country
Paperback, 264 pages $29.95
Published: 1st July 2007
ISBN: 9781932792997
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Political Science, All Religious Studies, Religion & Politics

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.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 264 pages
 9in x 6in

  HIS036000, REL015000, REL084000
 Baylor University Press

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