A Secular Society -- The Puzzle of Religious Vitality -- The Persistence of Religion -- Possible Explanations -- Why the United States? -- Religion and Politics: Points of Contact -- Understanding Religion -- Incentives: The Causes of Religious Intervention in Politics -- Opportunity: How Government Structure Encourages Political Action by Churches -- Religion as a Political Resource -- Limits on Religious Influence in Politics -- Religion and American Political Culture -- The Puritan Imprint on Colonial Thought -- Covenant Theology and the Right to Revolt -- Puritanism and Democracy: A Qualification -- "Total Depravity" and Institutional Restraint -- One Nation under God: A Civil Religion -- Civil Religion as a Double-edged Sword -- Religion and the State -- The Genesis of Church-State Conflict -- Overview of Church-State Relations -- How Far Can Government Go? -- Raising the Wall of Separation -- Making Sense of the Establishment Clause -- Extending Free-exercise Claims -- A Free-exercise Standard -- The Politics of Church-State Relations -- Loosening the Establishment Clause -- Backing Away from Free Exercise -- Can We Do Better? -- Religion and American Public Policy -- Interest Group Activities -- The Question of Representation -- Paths of Influence -- The Judiciary -- The President's Religion -- Religion as a Political Issue -- Limitations on Religious Influence -- Religious Activism in Politics: Costs and Benefits -- The Religious Dimension of American Political Behavior -- Patterns of Religious Affiliation.
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