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FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security before and after 9/11

Sylvester A. Johnson and Steven Weitzman


This volume is an interdisciplinary assessment of the relationship between religion and the FBI. We recount the history of the FBI’s engagement with multiple religious communities and with aspects of public or “civic” religion such as morality and respectability. The book presents new research to explain roughly the history of the FBI’s interaction with religion over approximately one century, from the pre-Hoover period to the post-9/11 era. Along the way, the book explores vexed issues that go beyond the particulars of the FBI’s history—the juxtaposition of “religion” and “cult,” the ways in ... More

Keywords: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), American religion, national security, surveillance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520287273
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520287273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sylvester A. Johnson, editor
Northwestern University

Steven Weitzman, editor
University of Pennsylvania

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