Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics
by Roy P. Domenico, ed., Mark Y. Hanley, ed.
October 2006, 712pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-32362-1
$201, £155, 175€, A276

Provides a resource for understanding the worldwide impact and extraordinary diversity of Christian influence on politics.

Does religion have a place in politics? Anyone following current events knows that there exists a tremendous debate on the influence of religion, especially the Christian religion, on elections, the creation of laws, and the interpretation of these laws by judges. But these debates often focus on a few narrowly defined topics, rarely acknowledging the history, breadth, and diversity of Christian activism in modern political culture across the globe. The Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics reveals the global reach and relevance of Christian political activities, examining how individuals, reform groups, and political organizations have employed Christian principles in participating in politcs at a local, national, and global scale.

The Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics examines Christian political involvement from the American and French Revolutions to the present day. It focuses on those prominent people, organizations, and reform groups – Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox — that have had a significant impact on politics.


An overview essay and a general bibliography of works suitable for further research, this encyclopedia provides an excellent starting point for understanding the profound influence of Christianity in world today.


"This encyclopedia illustrates the breadth and significance of Christian activism for modern politics from 1789 to the present. The French Revolution, the US Constitution, and the rise of free market capitalism all signaled challenges to religion. This encyclopedia focuses on how Christianity and Christian organizations shaped the individual's outlooks, actions, or political influence, and whether a specific person was truly religious or merely applied Christian principles without actual religious practice. Men and women of the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox communities, and associated organizations and political parties from all over the world, are included....This encyclopedia, though limited in size, includes a remarkable number of people whose relationships to faith made a difference in their lives and in the lives of those around them. Besides the entries, which feature numerous cross-references, the two volumes include a list of contributors with affiliations. Each entry is signed and includes a brief bibliography. Although a number of encyclopedias deal with countries, people, and religion, none has quite the emphasis of this work. Highly recommended. All levels."—Choice, May 1, 2007

"Domenico and Hanley have produced a concise set offering global in-depth coverage of Christian people, organizations, and reform groups-Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox-that have had a significant influence on politics. The text begins with an A-to-Z listing of entries followed by the entries, also arranged alphabetically. It thoroughly covers Christian political influences from 1789 to the present day....[a]ccessible to nonscholars without losing depth. The authors take into account the delicate intricacies of church-state relations across history and geographic location and address this potential haphazardness with style and ease. This reference set would make a fine contribution to any academic library seeking thorough coverage in the areas of Christianity and/or global political influence."—Library Journal, February 1, 2007

"The purpose is to illustrate the breadth and significance of Christian activism in, and influence on, modern politics, rather than to cite every example of it. Scholars of history and religion, and to a lesser degree of literature and other fields, discuss people, organizations, and movements that drew specifically from Christian ideas to influence other people's political views. For example, Franco is included but Hitler is not. Modern begins in 1789, and the geographic range is all of Christendom, though Europe and North America get the most attention. The two volumes are paged and indexed together."—Reference & Research Book News, February 1, 2007
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