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Battlefield of Values : America's Left, Right, and Endangered Center (Hardcover) (Stephen D. Burgard)
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Never underestimate the importance of apocalyptic themes in the three monotheistic religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--or the human propensity to violence and war. Ultimately a cry for rationality, dialogue and cooperation in the political sphere and the nation as a whole, Burgard and Hubbard look at the religion factor in terms of what people actually believe and how it affects their politics. They examine the stances taken by conservatives and liberals on hot-button issues like immigration, gun rights, and climate change. They provide an in-depth analysis of how American religiosity has evolved since colonial times and how much it has shaped the American character. They look at the issues of public policy that mattered most to the right, left, and center and lament the loss of pragmatism in the conduct of national affairs. They discuss the role the media--cable and network television, internet news, and traditional newspapers--has played in the polarization of society. Citing that failure to take religion into account in national politics and international affairs has led to many missteps--e.g., incessant wrangling over birth control provisions in the Affordable Care Act and diplomatic blunders during the conduct of the Iraq War--the authors examine the extent to which religion has been a factor in American civic life, as they aim to promote greater political and cultural national health. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 241
Genre: Political Science
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
Author: Stephen D. Burgard
Street Date: December 14, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-6098
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The book is an easy read. It contains controversial topics that simply state the research that has been done followed by facts. Great book!