God Wills It

Presidents and the Political Use of Religion

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God Wills It is a comprehensive study of presidential religious rhetoric. Using careful analysis of hundreds of transcripts, David O'Connell reveals the hidden strategy behind presidential religious speech. He asks when and why religious language is used, and when it is, whether such language is influential. Case studies explore the religious arguments presidents have made to defend their decisions on issues like defense spending, environmental protection, and presidential scandals. O'Connell provides strong evidence that when religious rhetoric is used public opinion typically goes against the president, the media reacts harshly to his words, and Congress fails to do as he wants. An experimental chapter casts even further doubt on the persuasiveness of religious rhetoric. God Wills It shows that presidents do not talk this way because they want to. Presidents like Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were quite uncomfortable using faith to promote their agendas. They did so because they felt they must. God Wills It shows that even if presidents attempt to call on the deity, the more important question remains: Will God come when they do?


David O'Connell is an assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, USA. His work is published in Presidential Studies Quarterly. This is his first book.

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  • List of IllustrationsList of TablesPrefaceIntroduction1. Conceptualizing Presidential Religious Rhetoric2. Aid, Arms, and Armageddon: Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and the Religious Rhetoric of Defense3. Holy Warriors: George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and the Religious Rhetoric of War4. Protecting Our Blessings: Jimmy Carter and the Religious Rhetoric of Environmental Policy5. All God's Children: John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and the Religious Rhetoric of Civil Rights6. I Have Sinned: Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and the Religious Rhetoric of Scandal7. An Experimental Evaluation of Religious RhetoricConclusionReferencesIndex
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 352
Erscheinungsdatum 30.11.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4128-5486-3
Reihe American Presidents
Verlag Taylor and Francis
Maße (L/B/H) 25.6/13.7/2.4 cm
Gewicht 632 g
Abbildungen farbige, schwarzweisse Abbildungen
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