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He is best known for his research in faith development theory, published in his highly influential book, Stages of Faith , now in its 42nd edition. He also was an important contributor to the new discussion of practical theology emerging in the s, which led to a revitalization of this field. Note: This entry combines biographical essay with contributions to the field of Christian education. James Jim Fowler was born in Reidsville, North Carolina, where his father had been appointed by a United Methodist Bishop to serve several small churches.
Religion and politics in America
After the Scopes trial in , conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists sequestered themselves from political engagement. But the social and cultural upheavals of the s, coupled with the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade , persuaded key leaders it was time to step into the political arena. In the mids, Jerry Falwell formed the Moral Majority. In the summer of , a defining moment in modern American politics occurred when then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan made a speech in Dallas to what was the first National Affairs Briefing of the Religious Roundtable, a caucus founded to involve evangelicals in mainstream politics.
The event has been described as nothing less than "the marriage ceremony between Southern Baptists and the Republican Party. With Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and other prominent evangelicals in attendance, Reagan addressed the crowd of 15, Christian conservatives:. With these words Ronald Reagan launched a relationship with conservative evangelicals that reshaped American politics.
As Moral Majority leader Ed Dobson observes, "For someone running for president to affirm us was very significant," and evangelicals "lined up behind Reagan en masse. But Ronald Reagan only gave lip service, not presidential authority, to issues of the religious right such as constitutional amendments on abortion and school prayer.
By , religious conservatives again believed they had found one of their own in George W. Bush , who spoke of Jesus Christ as his personal friend, and they hoped he would deliver their social agenda. At the same time that Christian evangelicals were re-entering the public square and seeking political power in order to restore America's status as a Christian nation, the American religious marketplace was undergoing dramatic changes that would have political implications.
Since , amendments to immigration laws had brought waves of new immigrants and with them all the religious traditions of the world -- Hindu and Buddhist, Sikh and Jain, Muslim, Zoroastrian, and more.
The mostly white Protestant city that had launched Billy Graham's career as an evangelist 60 years earlier has become known for its religious diversity. Like the other religious minorities that arrived before them, new immigrants are demanding their place in the American religious landscape. Today the largest immigrant group is Catholics from Spanish-speaking countries. Most remain Catholic, but many are also joining Pentecostal churches, one of America's fastest-growing religious groups.
These Latino Protestants are changing the face of evangelical politics. As Rev. Samuel Rodriguez , president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, says, "We don't want to be married to either party. I see the Hispanic Christian community emerging as the game changers and the powerbrokers politically in America. Yet many in this group said religion was "very important" in their lives. Professor Stephen Prothero argues that the rise in the numbers of unaffiliated reflects widespread disenchantment with the entanglement of religion and politics, especially during the Bush years.
Over the past decade, younger evangelicals, weary of the hard-edged tactics of the older generation, have begun redefining their mission over the past decade to include such issues as the environment, nuclear disarmament, malaria and AIDS in Africa, and poverty. At the same time, moderate and progressive evangelicals such as Jim Wallis and others were working to persuade Democrats they could speak the language of faith and still protect the separation of church and state.
One person who embraced this new attitude was the party's rising star, Barack Obama. In the summer of , he accepted an invitation from Wallis to address a conference on "Building a Covenant for a New America" sponsored by Call to Renewal, Wallis's faith-based organization. Obama said he wanted to "tackle head-on the mutual suspicion that sometimes exists between religious America and secular America.
He also criticized Democrats for neglecting the rich resources of America's religious traditions and for not addressing social problems in explicitly moral terms. To liberals, he delivered the message that "secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square. They also needed "to understand the critical role that the separation of church and state has played in preserving not only our democracy, but the robustness of our religious practice.
Dionne observes, "Obama has been trying to make a quite consistent argument that separating church and state is not the same as separating religion and politics.
That you can respect religious liberty and respect religion itself, and those two things go together. Read excerpts from Barack Obama's Call to Renewal address:. Two-and-a-half years later, in his inaugural address , President Obama acknowledged America's religious pluralism: "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers.
Why did conservative evangelicals reject political engagement for decades, and why did they re-enter politics? What was fundamentalist preacher Francis Schaeffer's critique of modern secularism? What did he mean by "secular humanism"? What cultural and political trends was he trying to counter? Ronald Reagan famously spoke of America as "a shining city on a hill," recalling and embellishing John Winthrop's description of the "city upon a hill" he and his fellow Puritans intended to found.
The phrase "city on a hill" is from the New Testament. Why do you think Reagan invoked a biblical allusion made by Winthrop in ?
Does America still understand itself this way? Should it? What do you think Winthrop and Reagan each meant by this phrase? What does it mean in the 21st century for America to be a "city on a hill"? Randall Balmer says Americans "have a sense that America occupies a unique niche in the divine economy. I don't see that abating any time soon. Bush , their religious rhetoric, their outreach to evangelicals, and their policy achievements on behalf of conservative evangelicals.
What were the similarities and differences between them? What role do you see non-Christian religions and new immigrant faith communities playing in American politics and public life? What evidence of their involvement do you observe in your own community?
How has the presence of Muslims, Latinos, and Hispanic Catholics in particular influenced the American religious and political landscape? Frank Lambert calls America "this great free marketplace of religion.
Do you think America is a Christian nation? In the midst of great religious diversity how does the country find national unity? Do you think there is a relationship between faith, citizenship, and a sense of political responsibility? How does religion guide your political choices or your thinking about social issues?
Do you see evidence of a "God gap" in American politics? What changes have there been in Democratic outreach to religious voters in the past few years? Compare John F. Kennedy's speech in Houston and Barack Obama's speech in Washington and the way they spoke of church and state, religion and politics, and discuss E. Dionne's suggestion that Obama "had a very different take on religion than John F. Kennedy did.
He was basically arguing to liberals that liberals had to be open to the idea that, yes, religious people will bring their religions beliefs to the public square.
President Obama's inaugural address included the statement that Americans "cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass. Religion has always been central to the national narrative and to America's sense of mission at home and abroad. How important do you think it will remain to the American story? What religious directions do you imagine the American story might take in the years ahead?
Dionne Jr. Onward Christian Soldiers? Religious Landscape Survey Based on interviews with more than 35, Americans, this survey explored the shifts taking place in the United States and found "that religious affiliation is both very diverse and extremely fluid. National Association of Evangelicals Formed in , this association represents more than 45, local churches from more than 40 different denominations.
Center for Religion and Civic Culture: The Soul of Los Angeles Photographer Jerry Berndt has documented the religious diversity of Los Angeles for this University of Southern California research center which supports scholarship "on the civic role of religion in a globalizing world.
Center for Religion and Civic Culture: "Immigrant Religion in the City of Angels" PDF This two-year project studied the role of religion for new immigrants to Los Angeles, a major gateway city and "home to a population where one person in three is foreign born. Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals This research center at Wheaton College sponsors academic conferences and seminars, publishes books, and undertakes research projects on American evangelicalism. Its website includes an evangelical timeline, a biographical gallery of famous American evangelicals, bibliographies, and links to related resources.
Bush, and the influence of evangelical Christians. They worried that the nation was adrift on a secular sea, unmoored from its Christian foundations, and they wanted to change the culture. Their ambitions were large, and they succeeded in transforming the religious and political landscape of the country.
Their embrace of presidential politics, though, would ultimately end in disappointment and questions about the mixing of religion and politics. Across America, the religious marketplace expanded as new waves of immigrants from Asia, the Middle East and Latin America made the United States the most religiously diverse nation on earth.
In the presidential election, the re-emergence of a religious voice in the Democratic Party brought the country to a new plateau in its struggle to reconcile faith with politics. God in America closes with reflections on the role of faith in the public life of the country, from the ongoing quest for religious liberty to the enduring idea of America as the "city on a hill" envisioned by the Puritans nearly years ago.
With Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and other prominent evangelicals in attendance, Reagan addressed the crowd of 15, Christian conservatives: Religious America is awakening, perhaps just in time for our country's sake.
If we believe God has blessed America with liberty, then we have not just a right to vote but a duty to vote. We have not just the freedom to work in campaigns and run for office and comment on public affairs. We have a responsibility to do so. If you do not speak your mind and cast your ballot, then who will speak and work for the ideals we cherish?
Who will vote to protect the American family and respect its interests in the formulation of public policy? I know you can't endorse me because this is a nonpartisan crowd, but I A New Religious and Political America At the same time that Christian evangelicals were re-entering the public square and seeking political power in order to restore America's status as a Christian nation, the American religious marketplace was undergoing dramatic changes that would have political implications.
Because when we ignore the debate about what it means to be a good Christian or Muslim or Jew; when we discuss religion only in the negative sense of where or how it should not be practiced, rather than in the positive sense of what it tells us about our obligations towards one another; when we shy away from religious venues and religious broadcasts because we assume that we will be unwelcome -- others will fill the vacuum, those with the most insular views of faith, or those who cynically use religion to justify partisan ends.
If we scrub language of all religious content, we forfeit the images and terminology through which millions of Americans understand both their personal morality and social justice. Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal rather than religion-specific values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason. Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality.
It involves the compromise, the art of what's possible.
After the Scopes trial in , conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists sequestered themselves from political engagement. But the social and cultural upheavals of the s, coupled with the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade , persuaded key leaders it was time to step into the political arena. In the mids, Jerry Falwell formed the Moral Majority. In the summer of , a defining moment in modern American politics occurred when then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan made a speech in Dallas to what was the first National Affairs Briefing of the Religious Roundtable, a caucus founded to involve evangelicals in mainstream politics. The event has been described as nothing less than "the marriage ceremony between Southern Baptists and the Republican Party.
He was a minister in the United Methodist Church. Fowler was born in Reidsville , North Carolina , on October 12, , the son of a Methodist minister. He is best known for his book Stages of Faith , published in , in which he sought to develop the idea of a developmental process in "human faith". These stages of faith development were along the lines of Jean Piaget 's theory of cognitive development and Lawrence Kohlberg 's stages of moral development. Fowler's model has inspired a considerable body of empirical research into faith development, although little of such research was ever conducted by Fowler himself. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American scholar of religion.
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Faith , derived from Latin fides and Old French feid ,  is confidence or trust in a person , thing, or concept. James W. Fowler — proposes a series of stages of faith-development or spiritual development across the human life-span.
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