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Thumpin' It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today's Presidential Politics [Paperback]

By Jacques Berlinerblau (Author)
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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
ISBN  066423173X  
EAN  9780664231736  


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In one of the most insightful, provocative, and witty books yet to explore the fascinating relationship between the Bible and American politics, author Jacques Berlinerblau looks at how the left, right, and everyone in between have used and misused the Bible to advance their political causes and careers. The Bible s raw power is surging into American politics with an intensity perhaps not equaled since the nineteenth century, Berlinerblau writes in his introduction. Politicians, especially those seeking the presidency, know the importance of having, as Berlinerblau calls it, a good Scripture game. And no longer do Republicans have a grip on this; blue-state Democrats have begun quoting Scripture, employing religious advisors, and telling their own faith stories in an effort to court the religious vote. In this engaging book Berlinerblau looks at the recent history of how Scripture has influenced public policy debates about the environment, abortion, stem-cell research, and foreign policy; how recent U.S. presidents have employed the Bible; and how each of the major candidates in the 2008 presidential elections is using and often misusing the Bible in his or her race for the White House. He concludes that politicians would do well to invoke Scripture with caution because, as he says, too often it can be used to argue both sides of a position. It is an abuse of the Bible to claim that the answer to highly nuanced and complex modern problems simply sits on its pages. . . . It is a cynical business, politics is. It becomes no less so when public servants and interest groups get it into their heads that God Himself provided proof texts for their policy initiatives two thousand years ago.

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In one of the most insightful, provocative, and witty books yet to explore the fascinating relationship between the Bible and American politics, author Jacques Berlinerblau looks at how the left, right, and everyone in between have used and misused the Bible to advance their political causes and careers. In this engaging book, Berlinerblau looks at the recent history of how Scripture has influenced public policy, including debates about the environment, abortion, stem cell research, and foreign policy. Berlinerblau also pays close attention to how recent U.S. presidents have employed the Bible, and he examines how each of the major candidates in the 2008 presidential elections used and often misused the Bible in his or her race for the White House.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jacques Berlinerblau is Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

Jacques Berlinerblau has an academic affiliation as follows - Hofstra University, New York.

Jacques Berlinerblau has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies


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Breezy, concise, insightful, unconventional  Feb 19, 2008
Berlinerblau's slim volume is one of the best guides to religion and presidential politics around today.

Berlinerblau is exactly right that the Bible has come back into our politics because politicians are aggressively targeting the evangelical vote. At the same time they are carefully ignoring the substantial (and growing) secular voting bloc. His discussion of secularism in America today is more nuanced and balanced than anything I have read on the subject.

Chapters 2, 3, 4 talk about how the candidates justify their ideas on issues like the stem cell research, the environment and Middle Eastern foreign policy. Chapters 5, 6, 7 give very balanced portraits of the religion strategies of all the 2008 candidates and Bush and Bill Clinton. The sections on Giuliani and Obama are excellent. This book will be an important resource for those trying to understand Obama's religious influences. Inexplicably, Berlinerblau leaves out any discussion of the evolution/ intelligent design controversy--the only significant weakness in an otherwise authoritative overview of the contemporary political-religious terrain.

Berlinerblau concludes that even though there is a lot of religion in American politics it still has little actual influence on governmental decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and appreciated the author's sense of humor and his refusal to take sides. If he has an axe to grind, there is no hint of it in the book.
 

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