Religion and Political Tolerance in America

Advances in the State of the Art

Edited by Paul A. Djupe
Paul Djupe, recipient of the 2021 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award, American Political Science Association
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276 pages
6 x 9
24 tables, 18 figures

Cutting-edge scholarship that sets the agenda for research on religion and political tolerance

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Religious institutions are often engaged in influencing the beliefs and values that individuals hold. But religious groups can also challenge how people think about democracy, including the extension of equal rights and liberties regardless of viewpoint, or what is commonly called political tolerance. The essays in Religion and Political Tolerance in America seek to understand how these elements interrelate. The editor and contributors to this important volume present new and innovative research that wrestles with the fundamental question of the place of religion in democratic society. They address topics ranging from religious contributions to social identity to the political tolerance that religious elites (clergy) hold and advocate to others, and how religion shapes responses to intolerance. The conclusion, by Ted Jelen, emphasizes that religion’s take on political tolerance is nuanced and that they are not incompatible; religion can sometimes enhance the tolerance of ordinary citizens. Contributors include: Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, Ryan P. Burge, Brian R. Calfano, April Clark, Marie Courtemanche, Marie Eisenstein, Chris Garneau, Ted Jelen, Robert P. Jones, Christine Kim, Jeffrey B. Kurtz, Stephen Mockabee, Jacob R. Neiheisel, Laura R. Olson, Joby Schaffer, Patrick Schoettmer, Anand E. Sokhey, Clyde Wilcox, and the editor.


"Religion and Political Tolerance in America is a terrific volume. Paul Djupe has recruited top scholars in the discipline, and he and his contributors provide original, rigorous research that nicely complements the religion literature on clergy, public opinion, and social psychology. It brings the scholarly treatment of tolerance up to date, addresses key debates, and provides important coverage. Religion and Political Tolerance in America makes a significant contribution to the literature." —Elizabeth A. Oldmixon, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas

"(T)he volume is an important compendium of empirical investigations into how religious phenomena affect one’s tolerance of unpopular groups.... Perhaps its most important contribution lies in the authors’ use of multiple measures of religion and tolerance and how they weigh these measures’ merits in adequately capturing religion-tolerance relationships." —Review of Religious Research

"Djupe's collection...examin(es) political tolerance—and religion's influence on it—as an empirical question. Indeed, it does a valuable job of outlining a tradition of quantitative political tolerance analysis that stretches back to the 1950s and of exhibiting recent methodological innovations.... (I)t is a wonderful illustration of the creative use of quantitative methods to unpick long-held assumptions as well as of the profound challenges that quantitative researchers face when mapping out perceptual change." —Journal of Contemporary Religion

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction • Paul A. Djupe Part I: Religion and the Elitist Theory 1. The Political Tolerance of Clergy and Its Democratic Roots • Paul A. Djupe, Ryan P. Burge, and Brian R. Calfano 2. The Golden Rule Theory: The Nature of Clergy Influence on Congregational Political Tolerance • Paul A. Djupe and Brian R. Calfano 3. Religious Tolerance in the Presbyterian Church (USA) • Paul A. Djupe and Jeffrey B. Kurtz 4. Fearful Asymmetry: Tolerance of Christian Fundamentalists among Political Elites • Clyde Wilcox and Christine Kim Part II: Social Psychology of Religion and Citizen Political Tolerance 5. Heterogeneous Religion Measures and Political Tolerance Outcomes • Marie A. Eisenstein and April K. Clark 6. Religion, Morality, and Tolerance: The Role of Disgust • Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom and Marie Courtemanche 7. Religious Worldviews and Political Tolerance: Communitarianism, Inclusiveness, and Moral Foundations • Paul A. Djupe and Stephen T. Mockabee 8. Nonreligious Tolerance: American Attitudes toward Atheists, America’s Most Unpopular Religious Group • Daniel Cox, Robert P. Jones, and Juhem Navarro-Rivera 9. The Religious Economy of Political Tolerance • Joby Schaffer, Anand E. Sokhey, and Paul A. Djupe 10. Predispositions, Standing Decisions, Political Tolerance, and the Role of Religion: An Exploratory Model • Marie A. Eisenstein Part III: How Religion Shapes Responses to Intolerance 11. Carriers of the Creed? The Effects of Urging Tolerance on Persuasion • Paul A. Djupe, Jacob R. Neiheisel, and Laura R. Olson 12. Going to Extremes: Stereotypes, Constitutional Violations, and Support for Religious Elites • Brian R. Calfano and Paul A. Djupe 13. Stigma Management by Midwestern Secularists • Christopher Garneau 14. American Muslim Political Responses to Threat • Patrick Schoettmer Conclusion: Reflections on the Study of Religion and Political Tolerance • Ted G. Jelen Contributors Index

About the Author(s)

Paul A. Djupe is Associate Professor of Political Science at Denison University. He is the coauthor of The Political Influence of Churches, with Christopher P. Gilbert; of Religious Interests in Community Conflict: Beyond the Culture Wars, with Laura R. Olson; and of God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion, with Brian R. Calfano (Temple). He is also coeditor of the journal Politics and Religion.


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