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Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush

Gary Scott Smith


This book examines the religious beliefs, commitments, affiliation, and practices (church attendance, prayer, Bible reading, and personal morality) of eleven presidents, discusses the influences upon and nature of their faith, and assesses how it contributed to their understanding of political ideology and practice. It also analyzes how these presidents’ religious views and values helped shape the way they formulated and promoted specific policies. In addition, the book examines how presidents dealt with religious constituencies, interest groups, and leaders, evaluated religious issues (such a ... More

Keywords: Bible, church attendance, civil religion, character, chosen nation, civil rights, faith, morality, prayer, philosophy of government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195300604
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Scott Smith, author
Grove City College
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