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date: 13 December 2019

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This article provides an overview of the major perspectives that can explain the connection between American politics and religion. The first section contains a short discussion of how scholars have conceptualized religion and then focuses on the theories that were advanced to explain the relationship of religion to American politics. Attention is given to some basic problems with the conceptualization and measurement of the religious variables that are emphasized by each theoretical approach.

Keywords: American politics, religion, major perspectives, theories, religious variables, conceptualization, measurement issues

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