Religion, Humility, and Democracy in a Divided America

ISBN: 978-1-78973-950-3, eISBN: 978-1-78973-949-7

ISSN: 0198-8719

Publication date: 5 August 2019


(2019), "Prelims", Religion, Humility, and Democracy in a Divided America (Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 36), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-xi.



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    University of Minnesota

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    Duke University

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    University of California-Berkeley

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    Brown University

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    Harvard University

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    University of California-Berkeley

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    Boston University

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    New School University Graduate Faculty

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    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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    London School of Economics

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    University of Michigan

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    University of Michigan

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    University of California-Los Angeles

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    Boston University

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    Boston University

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    Boston University

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    Boston University

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    Boston University

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    Boston University

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List of Figures and Tables

Chapter 4
Fig. 1. Evangelical Field of Power (Medvetz, 2012). 87
Chapter 4
Table 1. Crosstab of Evangelical Self-identification on Religious Tradition (RelTrad). 85
Table 2. Openness to Error. 89
Table 3. Epistemological Superiority. 90
Table 4. Other Religions’ Possession of Some Truth. 90
Table 5. Sources of Religious Truth. 91
Table 6. Epistemic and Moral Peers. 91

About the Contributors

Guest Editor

Ruth Braunstein is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy across the Political Divide (2017, University of California Press) and coeditor of Religion and Progressive Activism: New Stories About Faith and Politics (2017, NYU Press). Her research has also been published in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Cultural Sociology, Contexts, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Theory and Society, and Qualitative Sociology, among other outlets.


Philip S. Gorski is a Professor of Sociology at Yale University.

Jeffrey Guhin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA. His research interests include culture, theory, education, and religion.

John Hartley is a Sociologist and Social Theorist at Yale University. His work concentrates on public religion’s interaction with culture, politics, and social conflict. Its substantive emphasis is on relations between more theologically conservative Muslims, Christians, and their pluralistic environments. His recent work focuses on Iran, SE Asia, and the United States.

Wes Markofski is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College. He is the author of New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press) and his recent work has been published in Religion & American Culture, Sociology of Religion, and The Immanent Frame.

Dawne Moon teaches Sociology at Marquette University. She studies religion, gender, sexuality, emotions, culture, and qualitative methods.

Theresa W. Tobin teaches Philosophy at Marquette University. She researches the nature and moral significance of spiritual violence and the role of emotions in political life.

Richard L. Wood’s work on the cultural/institutional underpinnings of democracy includes A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy (2015) and Faith in Action (2002). Wood serves as Senior Vice Provost and Coeditor of a book series, Cambridge Studies of Social Theory, Religion, and Politics at Cambridge University Press.