A book exploring how different Christian politicians have used (and abused) religion in their politics. Read the introduction online here.
The Mighty and the Almighty: How political leaders do God
1st March 2016
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To be released in April 2017. Hardback £18.99, with a free ebook version (ebook available separately for £15.99)
Alastair Campbell’s “We don’t do God” is one of most (mis)quoted soundbites of the age but, however much it might have been right concerning his political master (and therein lies a debate), it is certainly not true of all contemporary political leaders. Indeed, it is striking how many global political leaders are Christian believers and how far their faith shapes and is shaped by their politics – for better or for worse.
This book examines how a range of recent and contemporary leaders have ‘done God’: what is their Christian background and formation; how has it informed their political values and agenda, their priorities and their rhetoric; and what does all this say about Christianity and contemporary political power.
The collection will cover figures including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Stephen Harper, Torja Halonen, Lula, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Kevin Rudd, Nicholas Sarkozy, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Margaret Thatcher, and Donald Trump.
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