Imagining Judeo-Christian America : religion, secularism, and the redefinition of democracy / K. Healan Gaston

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رقم التسجيلة 9355
نوع المادة book
ردمك 9780226663852
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BR 525 .G35

المؤلف Gaston, K. Healan

العنوان Imagining Judeo-Christian America : religion, secularism, and the redefinition of democracy / K. Healan Gaston
بيانات النشر Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
الوصف المادي 349. p
المحتويات / النص

  • Introduction: Dreaming America, deciphering Judeo-Christianity
  •  -- The genesis of America's Judeo-Christian discourse: From Hebraic-Hellenic to Judeo-Christian : the roots of a discourse ; A Protestant nation no more : facing religious diversity between the wars ; Democracy's tradition : the emergence of a religio-political category, 1931-1942
  •  -- Secularism and the Redefinition of Democracy: The flowering of a discourse : defending democracy in wartime America, 1942-1945 ; From World War to Cold War : Judeo-Christian exceptionalism ascendant, 1945-1950 ; Fighting Godless Communism : religion and secularism in Judeo-Christian America, 1950-1955 -- From Tri-faith to Multireligious America: Secularism Reconsidered : finding exceptionalism's limits, 1955-1965 ; Judeo-Christian visions under fire : new patterns of pluralism, 1965-1975 ; Multireligious possibilities : Judeo-Christian discourse in a multicultural age
  •  -- Conclusion: The Future of Judeo-Christian discourse.


“Judeo-Christian” is a remarkably easy term to look right through. Judaism and Christianity obviously share tenets, texts, and beliefs that have strongly influenced American democracy. In this ambitious book, however, K. Healan Gaston challenges the myth of a monolithic Judeo-Christian America. She demonstrates that the idea is not only a recent and deliberate construct, but also a potentially dangerous one. From the time of its widespread adoption in the 1930s, the ostensible inclusiveness of Judeo-Christian terminology concealed efforts to promote particular conceptions of religion, secularism, and politics. Gaston also shows that this new language, originally rooted in arguments over the nature of democracy that intensified in the early Cold War years, later became a marker in the culture wars that continue today. She argues that the debate on what constituted Judeo-Christian—and American—identity has shaped the country’s religious and political culture much more extensively than previously recognized.

المواضيع Religious pluralism - United States
Religion and politics - United States - History - 20th century
Christianity and politics - United States - History - 20th century
Democracy - United States - Religious aspects
United States - Church history - 20th century