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Religion and Progressive Activism: New Stories About Faith and Politics

Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams


This volume focuses on an important, if often overlooked, way that religion and politics intersect in the United States. Within almost every community, and involved with almost every possible issue or area of public concern, progressive religious activists are a driving force in American public life. Their presence complicates the prevailing wisdom that religion is necessarily conservative and political progressivism is necessarily secular. Yet little is known about these activists, either among the public or within academia. This book brings together a group of leading experts who describe an ... More

Keywords: religion, politics, progressive, activism, United States, civil religious rhetoric, Democratic Party, faith-based community organizing, congregations, immigrant rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479854769
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Braunstein, editor
University of Connecticut

Todd Nicholas Fuist, editor
Arkansas State University

Rhys H. Williams, editor
Loyola University Chicago

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Introduction Religion and Progressive Activism—Introducing and Mapping the Field

Todd Nicholas Fuist, Ruth Braunstein, and Rhys H. Williams

3 Why Congregations Mobilize for Progressive Causes

Kraig Beyerlein and A. Joseph West

8 Religious Roots of New Left Radicalism

Joshua Z. Gahr and Michael P. Young