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  • As the most popular voluntary association in the United States, churches are sometimes touted as saviors of democracy. However, those who espouse deliberative models of democracy rarely see churches as nurturing the decision-making abilities of attenders. Thus, the authors examine the extent to which church small group sessions fulfill the conditions for deliberation as set forth by political theorists. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, the authors find that churches offer authentic opportunities through small group involvements and, accordingly, tentatively declare the existence of a religious civility, with churches acting in the service of democratic capacity.

publication date

  • July 1, 2009

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • November 4, 2013 10:43 AM

Full Author List

  • Neiheisel JR; Djupe PA; Sokhey AE

author count

  • 3

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1532-673X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3373

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 614

end page

  • 643


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