The Battle of Ideas in the Policy Arena

Note: Subject Area is Public Policy not Political Science


The emergence of the Religious Right in American government and politics was part of a significant culture war, reflecting trends towards secularism, postmodernism, and a back-to-basics emphasis on Biblical truth. All of these trends were to some extent at odds with one another, and certainly, it could be said that secularism and postmodernism were more at odds with Biblical Christianity than with one another.

1. Discuss the major Statist trends beginning in the 60’s and continuing into the 80’s.
2. Evaluate the major political ideologies influencing the policy arena.
3. Synthesize the above with a Biblical model of government and statesmanship.

Add at least 20 Scholarly Sources

If possible use citations from these books if you can find them:

1. Losing Ground; American Social Policy, 1950-1980 – Charles Murray. Chapters 1-3

2. Hippies of the Religious Right, Preston Shires, Chapters 6-10