God Wills It Paperback

Presidents and the Political Use of Religion

by David O'Connell;

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God Wills It

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God Wills It is a comprehensive study of presidential religious rhetoric. Using careful analysis of hundreds of transcripts, David O'Connell reveals the hidden strategy behind presidential religious speech. He asks when and why religious language is used, and when it is, whether such language is influential. Case studies explore the religious arguments presidents have made to defend their decisions on issues like defense spending, environmental protection, and presidential scandals. O'Connell provides strong evidence that when religious rhetoric is used, public opinion typically goes against the president, the media reacts harshly to his words, and Congress fails to do as he wants. He closes with a fascinating chapter on the efficacy of religiously themed speech. God Wills It shows that presidents do not use religious language because they want to. Presidents like Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were quite uncomfortable using faith to promote their agendas. They did so because they felt they must. God Wills It shows that even if presidents attempt to call on the deity, the more important question remains: Will God come when they do?

God Wills It by David O'Connell was published by Transaction Publishers in November 2016. The ISBN for God Wills It is 9781412864046.

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Details for God Wills It

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherTransaction Publishers (November 2016)
Number of Pages319
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4455235
Page last updated 13th September 2017
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