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Jimmy Carter: The Re-emergence of Faith-Based Politics and the Abortion Rights Issue

Flint, Andrew R.; Porter, Joy


Andrew R. Flint


This article will extend the current re-evaluation of the Carter presidency through a detailed examination of the enduring impact of his evangelical Christian faith upon modern American political discourse. Carter successfully reawakened faith-based politics but, because his faith did not exactly mirror the religious and political agenda of the disparate groups that make up the religious conservative movement within the United States, that newly awakened force within American politics ultimately used its power to replace him with Ronald Reagan, a president who more carefully articulated their agenda. As this article will show, the key issue that marked the intrusion of highly contentious religious-cultural issues into the political debate was abortion. This issue was emblematic of both the engagement of religious conservatives in political life in this period and of the limitations of Carter as their authentic political agent.


Flint, A. R., & Porter, J. (2005). Jimmy Carter: The Re-emergence of Faith-Based Politics and the Abortion Rights Issue. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 35(1), 28-51.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 8, 2005
Publication Date Mar 1, 2005
Deposit Date Sep 30, 2023
Journal Presidential Studies Quarterly
Print ISSN 0360-4918
Electronic ISSN 1741-5705
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Pages 28-51
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