The rights turn in conservative christian politics documents a recent fundamental change in american politics with the waning of christian america rather than conservatives emphasizing morality and liberals emphasizing rights both sides now wield rights arguments as potent weapons to win political and legal battles and build grassroots support. Andrew r lewis is assistant professor of political science at the university of cincinnati professor lewis conducts research at the intersection of politics law and religion in america he is the author of the rights turn in conservative christian politics how abortion transformed the culture wars cambridge university press 2017. Andrew r lewiss book the rights turn in conservative christian politics how abortion transformed the culture wars has calmed some of my unsteadiness with a combination of quantitative analysis and historical research lewis argues that abortion has shifted the way conservative christians engage in us politics. The prototypical culture war issue abortion motivated the conservative turn toward rights with pro life politics serving as a springboard for learning about the value of rights and increased conservative advocacy in other rights domains including free speech and religious freedom advocacy. Get this from a library the rights turn in conservative christian politics how abortion transformed the culture wars andrew r lewis explains how abortion politics influenced a fundamental shift in conservative christian politics teaching conservatives to embrace rights arguments
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