Dennis Gruending, an Ottawa-based author, blogger and former Member or Parliament, has written a provocative new book called Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life. Kingsley Publishers of Calgary will release it in October 2011.
In Pulpit and Politics, Gruending examines the competition between religious progressives and conservatives for power and influence in Canadian public life. After the 2011 election resulting in a majority Conservative government (partly because of the support of religious conservatives), the rivalry between the two camps will become even more pronounced. Gruending looks closely at the political ideology and tactics employed by religious conservatives in the public arena, and he also documents the efforts by religious progressives struggling to have their voices heard on issues of equality, environment, human rights, justice, and peace. With an eye on history and world events, Gruending follows this contest between progressives and conservatives from Parliament Hill to the church basements, synagogues, temples, and universities of the nation and abroad.
From his base in Ottawa, Gruending has watched this drama unfold and has participated in it: as a writer, a director of information for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and later as a Member of Parliament. Earlier in his career, he worked as a print and television journalist and as a radio host. He is the author of six books, including the best selling Great Canadian Speeches. He has written biographies of Emmett Hall, whose Royal Commission recommended medicare for Canada, and of former Saskatchewan premier Allan Blakeney. Gruending writes a blog, also called Pulpit and Politics, which has won several national awards. It can be found at: www.dennisgruending.ca/pulpitandpolitics/
For a review copy of Pulpit and Politics or further information, contact Lyn Cadence at email@example.com or 403.465.2345
Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life
by Dennis Gruending
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