This work examines how the attitudes and preferences of various Christian groups in the United States can influence U.S. foreign policy with specific examples. "Faith and Foreign Policy" identifies and explains significant differences, along with some similarities, in the attitudes and preferences among Roman Catholics, Evangelical Protestants, and Mainline Protestants in the following foreign policy areas: national security and use of force, human rights, the Middle East, international law and organizations, and protection of the global environment. It locates the sources of these differences primarily in doctrinal and cultural/historical factors, including beliefs about the nature of God, the nature of evil and of Satan, eschatology, the human-environment relationship, the proper role of government, the validity (or lack thereof) of other religions, the relationship of God to the United States, and discipleship and mission. The book highlights how religious leaders, organizations, and believers can influence - and have, through a variety of mechanisms, influenced - the general direction of U.S. foreign policy and specific policy decisions.
It provides a unique perspective to the understanding of U.S. behavior and policies by helping to comprehend the origins and diversity of these Christian groups' attitudes and preferences.
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 23 mm
"Faith and Foreign Policy makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the role of religious groups in American politics. Steve Rock shows that the religious forces influencing domestic policy extend into the international realm, impinging on virtually every imaginable policy concern in a globalizing world. This sensitive and lucid volume details religious group advocacy on the use of military force, international human rights, the Middle East, international institutions, and the global environment. Rock's careful assessment of religious influence makes this an absolutely essential book for anyone interested in the intersection of religion and American foreign policy." - James L. Guth, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, Furman University.
"Faith and Foreign Policy provides a useful description of the foreign policy positions and activities of the major religious organizations in the United States. It is a valuable addition to the literature on a topic that typically received far less attention that it deserved--and that is likely to be the focus of enhanced scrutiny in the future. A well-written and researched volume."- John C. Green, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Akron