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Religious Rhetoric And The Evolution Of George W. Bush's Political Philosophy, Lauren Frances Turek Nov 2014

Religious Rhetoric And The Evolution Of George W. Bush's Political Philosophy, Lauren Frances Turek

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This essay surveys George W. Bush's public statements from 1993 to 2001 to examine the evolution of his religious and political rhetoric. Bush's personal religiosity and his use of religious rhetoric during his campaigns for the presidency and in his two terms in office have received extensive comment from the press as well as from scholars. Yet very little scholarly work has considered the role of religion in his earlier political career. Although Bush had evinced a deep and genuine evangelical faith for years before he launched his bid for the governorship, he did not begin his political ...


Evangelicals And American Foreign Policy [Review], Lauren Frances Turek Dec 2013

Evangelicals And American Foreign Policy [Review], Lauren Frances Turek

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In Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy, Mark Amstutz seeks to respond to the recent efflorescence of scholarly work on the role that American evangelical Christians have played in shaping international affairs in the 20th century. Written from an evangelical perspective, the book sets out to dispel what Amstutz terms ‚Äúprevalent misconceptions‚ÄĚ about the nature and underlying motivations for evangelical political participation and engagement abroad (5). He includes among these the dynamics of evangelical support for Israel as well as conventional periodization that locate the beginning of serious evangelical political involvement in the post-World War II era. The book is above ...