Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Religion, a Divisive Factor?

"The question is whether religion is a reconciling participant in world affairs and American life, or whether it's divisive. To the extent that there has been a marriage of the Republican party with the Christian right, I think religion has been a divisive factor in political life," says John Danforth, an Episcopal priest and former Republican senator from Missouri.

This fall, Danforth plans a speaking tour to discuss his new book, "Faith and Politics," an attempt, he says, to start a discussion about the role of religion in elections and government, according to the Northwest Herald.

This discussion, it would appear, has begun. The role of religion in politics is the subject of a number of books slated to be published over the next few months, including Mel White's Religion Gone Bad, Dan Gilgoff's The Jesus Machine, Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion and the Rev. Barry W. Lynn's Piety & Politics.


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