God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion

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God Wills It is a comprehensive study of presidential religious rhetoric. Using careful analysis of hundreds of transcripts, David O'Connell reveals the hidden strategy behind presidential religious speech. He asks when and why religious language is used, and when it is, whether such language is influential. Case studies explore the religious arguments presidents have made to defend their decisions on issues like defence spending, environmental protection, and presidential scandals. O'Connell provides strong evidence ...

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