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God is a Conservative Religion, Politics, and Morality in Contemporary America by Kenneth J. Heineman

God is a Conservative Religion, Politics, and Morality in Contemporary America


God is a Conservative Religion, Politics, and Morality in Contemporary America by Kenneth J. Heineman

From Billy Graham and Ronald Regan to Newt Gingrich and William Bennett, God is a Conservative provides an important look at the role of religion in conservative politics in modern America. Kenneth J. Heineman reveals the profoundly religious nature of contemporary conservatism, offering an intriguing look at the social history of moral politics over the last three decades, and the still tremulous aftershocks of the New Deal. With a new Preface that examines the Bush presidency, including a provocative analysis of his re-election, and the rising influence of the Conservative Right, God is a Conservative is essential reading for understanding today's American political landscape.


In this excellent and readable examination of current conservative politics, Heineman traces the political history of the past 30 years, placing special emphasis on the role of religious and social conservatism.

-Library Journal Objective and analytical, written in a lively, nonacademic style, God Is a Conservative will be . . . interesting to anyone with a passion for Contemporary American politics.

-CHOICE Heineman's writing style is lively and engaging. The chief merit of the book is its display of the deep divisions between liberals and conservatives that are at work in both parties.

-Journal of the American Academy of Religion

About the Author

Kenneth J. Heineman is Professor of History and Department Chair at Angelo State University. He is the author of Campus Wars: The Peace Movement At American State Universities in the Vietnam Era (NYU Press, 1992), God Is a Conservative: Religion, Politics, and Morality in Contemporary America (NYU Press, 1998), A Catholic New Deal: Religion and Reform in Depression Pittsburgh, and Put Your Bodies Upon The Wheels: Student Revolt in the 1960s.

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Publication date

1st October 2005


Kenneth J. Heineman

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New York University Press


370 pages


Political science & theory
History of the Americas



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