Religion and the Politics of Tolerance

Religion and the Politics of Tolerance

How Christianity Builds Democracy

by Marie A. Eisenstein

195 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781932792843
  • Published: January 2008



Challenging a widespread belief that religious people are politically intolerant, Marie Ann Eisenstein offers compelling evidence to the contrary. In this surprising and significant book, she thoroughly re-examines previous studies and presents new research to support her argument that there is, in fact, a positive correlation between religious belief and practice and political tolerance in the United States. Eisenstein utilizes sophisticated new analytical tools to re-evaluate earlier data and offers persuasive new statistical evidence to support her claim that religiousness and political tolerance do, indeed, mix—and that religiosity is not the threat to liberal democracy that it is often made out to be.