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Evangelical vs. LiberalThe Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest$
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James K. Wellman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.001.0001

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 Religion and Politics

 Religion and Politics

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(p.235) 11 Religion and Politics
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Evangelical vs. Liberal
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James K. Wellman Jr.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.003.0013

This chapter argues that religion and state are “isomorphic,” that is they mirror, react, and respond to each other. Each shapes group identities and each mobilizes group action and thus, they inevitably move in relation to each other, sometimes in tandem and sometimes antagonistically. The chapter then compares to the two groups on issues of abortion, environment, gay marriage, and the Iraq War. There is some agreement on abortion, and little or no difference on the environment. On gay marriage and the Iraq War differences are pronounced and strongly held.

Keywords:   religion, state, isomorphism, group identity, conflict, abortion, environment, gay marriage, Iraq War

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