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April 2008 Archives

Counting the Catholics Who Care: a Reply to David Gibson

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

David Gibson attempts to stop the argument between Steven Waldman and me about Catholic voters. He says, in effect, there aren’t very many Catholic voters. Why? The number of Catholics who consider their faith important to their political decisions is […]


Steven Waldman on What Moves Catholic Democrats

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

Steven makes a bold statement that Catholicism has nothing to do with the Catholic Vote in Democratic primaries. That’s a bit extreme, although with the non-negotiable life issues of the Catholic church taken off the table among Democrats they do […]


Will the Real Rev. Wright Please Stand Up?

posted by hjackson

For weeks there has been a national debate about the appropriateness of sermons preached by Rev. Jeremiah Wright from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Many preachers, both black and white, believed that Wright must have […]


Clinton and Obama Among Catholics: A Reply to Steven Waldman

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

Steven Waldman suggests I take another look at my argument that Obama will not do well among Catholics if he is the nominee in November. If, as I argue, Obama turns off socially conservative Catholics, in part, because of his […]

Catholics, Obama, and the Race Issue

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

David Gibson suggests that the lack of support for Barack Obama among Catholic voters may be due to an “African-American problem” in the Catholic Church. Six weeks ago I got a call from someone advising the Obama campaign on the […]

Obama’s Catholic Problem

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

As a guest blogger, I’ve been asked by Dan Gilgoff to write some posts concerning my new book on politics and religion and its relevance to the present election cycle. I welcome the opportunity, and I thank Dan and the […]

Divorce—Yet More Costs to Society

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Serious and important studies such as Why Marriage Matters, Twenty-One Conclusions from the Social Sciences (2002) and Hardwired to Connect (2003) have documented the ravages of divorce and single parenthood on children as well as their mothers and fathers. The […]

Television—Dangerous for Children?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Most living Americans look upon television as a natural home appliance and think no more about its implications than they would electrical lamps or a washing machine. In fact, more American homes have TVs than have washing machines. Indeed, American […]

Religion, Values Voters, and the 2008 Election Cycle

posted by Dr. Richard Land

A couple of days after the 2004 presidential election I received a phone call from a reporter from a national publication. She wanted to know about those “moral values” voters, the 25 percent of Americans who stated in exit polls […]

Clinton’s Answer on Climate Change/Poverty at Compassion Forum

posted by epatel

Eboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. This is his reflection on the answer Senator Clinton gave to his question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The full exchange between Patel and […]

“Bitter-gate” or “Cling-gate”?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

As anyone interested in the American electoral process knows that on April 6 at a supposedly private fundraiser of extremely affluent, latte-sipping, cheese-tasting, wine-quaffing, limousine liberals at the ground zero of elitism—San Francisco—Sen. Barack Obama uttered these now infamous words: […]

Clinton’s Answer on China at Compasion Forum

posted by sgutow

Steve Gutow is executive director of The Jewish Council for Public Affairs. This is his reflection on the answer Senator Clinton gave to his question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The full exchange between Gutow and […]

Obama’s Answer on HIV/AIDS at Compassion Forum

posted by fpage

Dr. Frank Page is President of the Southern Baptist Convention. This is his reflection on the answer Senator Obama gave to his question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The full exchange between Dr. Page and Senator […]

Obama’s Answer on Torture at Compassion Forum

posted by dgushee

Dr. David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University and author of The Future of Faith in American Politics: The Public Witness of the Evangelical Center . This is his reflection on the answer Senator […]

Clinton’s Answer on Humanitarianism at Compassion Forum

posted by lharper

Lisa Sharon Harper is cofounder and executive director of NY Faith & Justice in New York City. This is her reflection on the answer Senator Clinton gave to her question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The […]

Clinton’s Answer on First Principles at Compassion Forum

posted by joelhunter

Dr. Joel C. Hunter, is senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, outside of Orlando, Florida. This is his reflection on the answer Senator Clinton gave to his question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The full […]

Obama’s Message and My Church

posted by modonnell

The Barack Obama moment is happening at a time when the church I pastor is finding new unity amidst diversity. Our congregation might not vote in unison this November, but we can testify that a unifying message like Obama’s is […]

Guest Post: Whose Evangelical Manifesto?

posted by wsmith

If all goes according to plan, on or about May 7, a group of evangelical leaders–including the Rev. Rick Warren (of Saddleback Church and “Purpose Driven Life” fame) and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals–will publish a […]

Are conservatives really happier?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In his book, Who Really Cares: the surprising truth about compassionate Conservatives (Basic Books 2006), Syracuse University Professor Arthur C. Brooks demonstrates that “conservatives” give considerably more money and time to charitable causes than do liberals, thus proving that “compassionate […]

Conservatives Give More to Charity than Liberals?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Do “conservatives” give more to charitable causes than “liberals”? According to Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks, they do. Dr. Brooks, a professor of public administration at Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, was quite astounded with the […]

Spirituality and happiness: are they connected?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have made a discovery that they found most startling. Mark Holder, professor of psychology at UBC, and his graduate assistant, Judi Wallace, confessed that they were quite surprised when their research revealed that […]

Dr. King—Forty years later, his life and vision still inspire

posted by Dr. Richard Land

April 4, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Anyone who had reached the age of consciousness by that date remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard […]

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America: Fulfilling her promises
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The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting - Part 3
Every year (beginning in 1988) the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has published a comparison of the two major party platforms to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek guidance in the decision for whom to cast their ballots in the presidential ele

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