James M. Patterson, Ph.D. is an associate professor of politics at Ave Maria University and a member of the Values & Capitalism Program for the American Enterprise Institute. He has published academic work on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, and biblical narratives in American political rhetoric, and he has published more popular essays and book reviews for Modern Age, Society, Library of Law and Liberty, and Public Discourse. His book Religion in the Public Square: Sheen, King, and Falwell examines how very different religious leaders sought to influence national politics by preaching their interpretation of American political foundations.