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America and the Misshaping of a New World Order$
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Giles Gunn and Carl Gutierrez-Jones

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098701

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098701.001.0001

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From Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush: What Happened to American Civil Religion? Wade Clark Roof

From Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush: What Happened to American Civil Religion? Wade Clark Roof

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(p.96) 6. From Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush: What Happened to American Civil Religion? Wade Clark Roof
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America and the Misshaping of a New World Order
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Clark Roof Wade

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098701.003.0006

This chapter explores the perspective of religio-political rhetorical development in America that began during the Reagan presidency and was carried over vociferously into the tenure of George W. Bush. Invoking biblical symbols and myths, this “religion of the nation” was noisy and combative, and in the latter period was voiced by figures in the highest echelons of the American government as well as by religious leaders. The period was characterized by a close alignment of conservative evangelical Christian faith and politics, and manifested both domestically and internationally. This entire period of more than forty years offers an opportunity for examining significant shifts in national religious language emanating from the White House. The chapter focuses on the national myths invoked during this period—from the time of the Cold War with the Soviet Union to the post-9/11 mobilization against Islamic terrorists and the Iraq war.

Keywords:   religio-political rhetorical development, Reagan presidency, George W. Bush, religion of the nation, national myths

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