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Religion and American PoliticsFrom the Colonial Period to the Present$
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Mark A. Noll and Luke E. Harlow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195317145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.001.0001

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Quid Obscurum: The Changing Terrain of Church-State Relations

Quid Obscurum: The Changing Terrain of Church-State Relations

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(p.441) 19 Quid Obscurum: The Changing Terrain of Church-State Relations
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Religion and American Politics
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Robert Wuthnow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.003.0020

This chapter presents a far-ranging general account of religion and politics since World War II. It explores the hidden chasm stretching across the contemporary religious landscape, a chasm not between denominations but between more basic attitudes concerning the place of religion in both private and public life. The discussion describes the development of the new divide with respect to religious divisions, but also with respect to fundamental recent changes in American society and political expectations.

Keywords:   World War II, religious divisions, American society, Christianity, Holocaust

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