PULLMAN – WSU’s Foley Institute’s Coffee and Politics Series will present “God and Politics: The systematic use of religion in American democracy,” noon-1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 25. The discussion will be held in the CUE, Room 518, and will feature authors David Domke and Matthew Sutton.
Sutton’s book, “Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America,” uses the life of McPherson to analyze the relationships among gender, politics, religion and mass media in the 1920s to 1940s. An assistant professor of history at WSU, Sutton will discuss the rise of fundamentalist anti-liberalism in the 1930s and how it established the foundations for a conservative political ideology.
Domke’s latest book, “The God Strategy,” documents how U.S. politics is defined by a partisan use of faith that is unprecedented in the modern history of the nation. Domke is professor and chair at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication. He will discuss the political responses to the rise of the religious right and the dramatic shift beginning with President Reagan in the 1980s.
The discussion will be followed by a book signing with both authors. Pizza and drinks will be provided and attendees should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.