Jimmy Carter: A Man of Political Destiny, A Man of Theological Certitude

Authored by: Alexandra Mergenschroer-Livingston

The Ashgate Research Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409410898
eBook ISBN: 9781315613505
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041832

10.4324/9781315613505.ch22

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Abstract

James Earl Carter Jr became a world leader in promoting sustainable avenues for human rights and international peace. His innovation shaped American expectations of how a former – President can tackle issues that sitting Presidents cannot. His religious faith is identified as the core of his motivation. But, how did a man from rural, segregated Georgia acquire these highly evolved socio-political ethics? On the 28 December 1983, Mr Carter stated that the only way to understand him and his political philosophy was to understand his social ethics. Therefore, understanding the doctrinal and theological context of his denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention [SBC], should, as Carter indicated, allow for an accurate assessment of how he approached both foreign and domestic policies and issues during and after his White House years.

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