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Religion in the Age of Obama


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Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Faith in Public 1. Religion (and Race) Problems on the Way to the White House: An Analysis of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's 'Faith' Speeches, Max Mueller (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) 2. Political Spirituality, or The Oprahfication of Obama, Kathryn Lofton (Yale University, USA) 3. A Muslim in the White House? Race, Islam, and the Presidency of Barack Obama, Sylvester A. Johnson (Virginia Tech, USA) 4. Towards a 'Culture of Mercy': Augustine, Pope Francis, and the Transformation of Moral Imagination, Melanie Webb (Villanova University, USA) Part Two: The Politics of Moral Vision 5. The Welfare of Faith, Alison Collis Greene (Mississippi State University, USA) 6. The Mystification of Capitalism and the Mis-direction of White Male Anger, Rebecca Todd Peters (Elon University, USA) 7. Costs of Corporate Conscience: How Women, Queers, and People of Color Are Paying for Hobby Lobby's Sincerely-Held Beliefs, Megan Goodwin (Northeastern University, USA) 8. Black Prophetic Discourse and Just War Theory in the Age of Obama, Juan Floyd-Thomas (Vanderbilt University, USA) Part Three: On Race/ing Belief 9. When White is the 'New Black': Religious Populism in the Age of Obama, Keri Day (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA) 10. In the Wake of Obama's Hope: Thoughts on Black Lives Matter, Moralism, and Re-Imagining Race Struggle, Anthony B. Pinn (Rice University, USA) 11. Deporter-in-Chief: Why Reject Christianity Hospitality?, Miguel A. De La Torre (Iliff School of Theology, USA) 12. 'Now.Next': Confronting the Past and Shaping the Future, Sharon Welch (Institute for Humanist Studies, USA) Bibliography Index

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This is the first volume to explore the religious and moral underpinning of Obama's time as president, and how his vision of religion related to his vision of public life.

About the Author

Juan M. Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of African American Religious History in the Vanderbilt Divinity School and The Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University, USA. Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University, USA.


...This book, which moves deftly between overt religious expression and covert religious ideology, is not only a crucial addition to the scholarship on the Obama years but also to the field of religion and politics. * Reading Religion *
A timely and wide-ranging exploration of a vitally important topic. Religion in the Age of Obama is challenging and compelling in equal measure. * Stephen Tuck, Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford, UK *
This book goes further than previous religious reflections on the faith of American presidents. It offers new insights into the interplay of religion, gender and ethnicity in the President Obama presidency, and considers the international impact of his faith-based politics. A diverse range of theological perspectives are skilfully inter-woven into a rich tapestry of analyses, which underlines the continuing importance of 'race,' and religion on the American political landscape, and also, the undeniable influence of this American phenomenon across the world. * Robert Beckford, Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK *
Religion still matters - but how and where? This book will sustainably change our prevalent perceptions of the role of religion(s) in public life. * Jurgen Manemann, Director of the Hanover Institute for Philosophical Research, Germany *

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