Religion and the Biden Administration

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    Lack of trust in institutions may be more important than religion in driving poor political knowledge among American voters.

Lack of trust in institutions may be more important than religion in driving poor political knowledge among American voters.

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Many commentators are concerned about the apparent lack of political knowledge and civic awareness among American voters. Ben Gaskins looks at some of the drivers of civic awareness, including the influence of religious identity, beliefs, and institutions. He writes that political knowledge is not just about exposure to facts but also people’s willingness to trust their sources. Highly religious […]

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    Churches don’t just follow their congregants’ views and actions on political issues, they may be shaping them, too.

Churches don’t just follow their congregants’ views and actions on political issues, they may be shaping them, too.

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Despite the US Constitution’s separation of church and state, American religious institutions and movements are often active in politics. But are they following their congregants’ existing views and actions or influencing them? Using national survey data, Andre P. Audette and Christopher L. Weaver find that churches do engage their congregants politically; at least 50 percent of congregants engage in […]

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    Social justice themed sermons from civic-minded clergy can push churchgoers towards greater activism to improve racial equality

Social justice themed sermons from civic-minded clergy can push churchgoers towards greater activism to improve racial equality

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Religion plays an important role in the lives of many Americans. But what role does religion and religious institutions play in motivating Americans to participate in politics? In their new book, R. Khari Brown, Ronald E. Brown, and James S. Jackson look at the role the spiritual and political efforts made by churches to improve human rights. They find […]

Evangelicals and Their Politics: Dispatches from the Field

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In the 2016 and 2020 US Presidential elections, evangelical Christians voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. Katie Gaddini unpicks the political relationship this type of Christianity had with Donald Trump, how it changed in 2020, and what it means for American politics moving forward.

On 15 June, LSE Religion and Global Society, together with the US Centre and Department of International Relations, […]

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    Never a Dull Moment: How an intense decade of religious politics divided Americans and Biden’s Catholicism can bring unity

Never a Dull Moment: How an intense decade of religious politics divided Americans and Biden’s Catholicism can bring unity

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In the inaugural post in our joint series on Religion and the Biden Administration, Judd Birdsall outlines how religion and politics have evolved over the past two decades in the United States. Highlighting a series of moments, Birdsall discusses the moments Islam, Mormonism, secularism, Evangelicalism, and – now – Catholicism have had in American politics.

On 15 June, LSE […]

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