Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-1193-4 • Paperback • July 2003 • $57.00 • (£44.00)
Paul A. Djupe is assistant professor of political science at Denison University. Christopher P. Gilbert is professor of political science at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Chapter 1 List of Tables and Figures
Chapter 2 Clergy, Churches, and Communities
Chapter 3 An Overview of ELCA and Episcopal Clergy
Chapter 4 Congregational Resources for Clergy Political Action
Chapter 5 Communities of Concern: The Context of Clergy Political Activity
Chapter 6 The Political Voice of Clergy
Chapter 7 Leaders of the Flock or Lone Rangers? Clergy in Electoral Politics
Chapter 8 The Local Political Participation of ELCA and Episcopal Clergy
Chapter 9 Sending a Message to Government: Clergy Conventional and Unconventional Contacting
Chapter 10 Denominational Politics: Clergy Opinions and Actions Regarding Full Communion
Chapter 11 Conclusion: The Evolution of Clergy Political Activity
Chapter 12 Coding of Variables Used
Chapter 13 Methodological Notes
Chapter 14 References
This is a very perceptive book—especially its attention to the dynamic interplay between clergy, their congregations, and the broader community. The authors write clearly and support their arguments with an unprecedented array of data and evidence. The Prophetic Pulpit focuses on clergy politics, but also illumines the broader issues of religion and American politics.
— Daniel J. B. Hofrenning, St. Olaf College
This is an outstanding book, full of important and path-breaking findings about the full range of factors that drive clergy's decisions about taking political action. Djupe and Gilbert show that the external contexts in which clergy live and work have profound ramifications for their attitudes about political engagement.
— Laura R. Olson, Clemson University
Djupe and Gilbert are to be commended for a path-breaking study that challenges numerous stereotypes of mainline clergy activism and that paves the way for more sophisticated scholarship in the field.
— Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
In this fine book, Djupe and Gilbert provide an exemplar for future studies of clerical politics in the United States. This nuanced, methodologically sophisticated study will give pause to those who are too quick to relegate the Protestant Mainline to the political sideline.
— Ted G. Jelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas