Quid Obscurum: The Changing Terrain of Church-State Relations

Robert Wuthnow

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This chapter presents a far-ranging general account of religion and politics since World War II. It explores the hidden chasm stretching across the contemporary religious landscape, a chasm not between denominations but between more basic attitudes concerning the place of religion in both private and public life. The discussion describes the development of the new divide with respect to religious divisions, but also with respect to fundamental recent changes in American society and political expectations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReligion and American Politics
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the Colonial Period to the Present
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199851386
ISBN (Print)9780195317145
StatePublished - Oct 3 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • American society
  • Christianity
  • Holocaust
  • Religious divisions
  • World war II


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