"Left" Out: Faith and Politics

by Phillip Luke Sinitiere

In July 2007 Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy famously wrote about the Democratic Party and religion, and religion scholars in recent years have started to tell us about the history of the religious left.

So, to use the title of the Gibbs and Duffy article, have Democrats "got religion"? And who are the "party faithful"? Here are some answers.

The award-winning radio program Speaking of Faith aired a show yesterday on the "faith history" of the political left. It is the first in a series on religion and the major political parties during election season. The SOF website states:

This program is the first of a two-part conversation on politics and religion below the surface of the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. The religious right has gotten a fair amount of coverage in recent years, while the political left has rarely been represented with a religious sensibility.

This show is a good conversation piece (pardon the pun) for a number of recent books that examine religion and the Democratic Party and/or political progressives, including Amy Sullivan's book The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap (interviewed on the show), E.J. Dionne's , Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right, and David Gushee's The Future of Faith in American Politics: The Public Witness of the Evangelical Center, among others.

(Paul Harvey also posted on some of these books early this year).


John G. Turner at: October 3, 2008 at 3:03 PM said...

Anyone interested in an academic approach to the evangelical left should read David Swartz's just-completed dissertation: "Left Behind: The Life and Legacy of the Evangelical Left and the Politicization of American Evangelicalism, 1965-1988" (Notre Dame, 2008) I believe it's accessible on the ND Library website. I'm looking forward to seeing it between covers in the near future.

Phil at: October 3, 2008 at 4:54 PM said...

Thanks for the head's up on this John. Sounds like a great read.

Luke Harlow at: October 4, 2008 at 8:54 PM said...

Here's a link to Swartz's diss. My colleague here at Rice, Rusty Hawkins, was just lauding this work. Looks very interesting.


Phil at: October 4, 2008 at 11:27 PM said...

Thanks for the link, Luke. Can't wait to read it.

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