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Rev. Paul B. Raushenbush is the moderator of the Progressive Revival blog and the Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University. .An ordained American Baptist minister, Rev. Raushenbush speaks and preaches at colleges, churches and institutes around the country including the College of Preachers at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., The Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York, and the New America Foundation. Rev. Raushenbush has served at Seattle First Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Chaplaincy at Columbia University and as College and Young Adult Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight and is a repeated guest on CNN. He has been quoted in The New York Times and The Washington Post and is a contributing editor for Beliefnet.com. His first book, Teen Spirit: One World, Many Faiths (HCI) was released in the Fall of 2004. He is the editor of the 100th Anniversary edition of Walter Rauschenbusch’s book Christianity and the Social Crisis – In the 21st Century (HarperOne). His work at Princeton includes strengthening the interfaith community on campus. He is the Co-Director of the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at The Liechtenstein Institute on Self Determination at Princeton University. Rev. Raushenbush studied religion at Macalester College before attending Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he graduated with distinction.

Take the Beliefnet Exit Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The longest presidential campaign in American history is finally over. Did you support John McCain or Barack Obama? What issues were more important? Did your faith help shape your vote? Take Beliefnet’s 2008 election exit poll

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Prayers for the Family of Madelyn Dunham

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  Madelyn Dunham A Prayer for the Obama Family Please share your prayers for the Obama family as they mourn the loss of their cornerstone, Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.     On the eve of the election that may make him […]

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Obama is the Best Candidate – Final Reflections on an Endorsement Well Considered (By Douglas Kmiec)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

By his own standard, McCain is more battle-weary than battle-tested. Old ideas combined with a lack of credible ability to “think anew” to meet the challenges we face make the Senator ill-suited for the presidency; his running mate aggravates that […]

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Going Against Mormon Leadership, Brigham Young’s Descendant Opposes Prop 8

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The signs on the front lawn of former 49er quarterback Steve Young’s Peninsula home say “No on Prop. 8,” which normally wouldn’t be much of a story in the Bay Area, a gay-friendly region which is the center of opposition […]

Religious Left Rallies for Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Politico.com Ohio’s progressive religious leaders, who largely sat out the 2004 presidential election, have mobilized now to counter the political clout of their conservative and evangelical brethren. “We had been silent too long,” said the Rev. Tim Ahrens, senior […]

Elizabeth Dole’s God Test

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Elizabeth Dole’s accusation that her opponant Kay Hagen is ineligible for the senate because she met with a group of non-Christians should be chilling to Christians and non-Christians alike who support religious freedom and the idea that all Americans deserve […]

Brandeis Descendants Support Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Legacy of Justice Louis D. Brandeis and the Jewish Vote: 

Catholic Bishops Should Stay Out of Politics (by Chris Korzen)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Chris Korzen is executive director of Catholics United and co-author of A Nation for All:  How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division. Earlier this month, Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton ordered […]

Why Al-Qaeda is Endorsing McCain

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Eboo Patel refflects  on the reason in his blog on Washington Post’s On Faith  “Al Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election.” So reads a website closely associated with Al-Qaeda, according to Nick Kristof in his Sunday New […]

Surprise! Christian Right Running on Fear

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Huffington Post Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts. All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is […]

Spreading the Wealth, and other Christian Values

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a now famous exchange with Joe the Plumber (aka Joe Wurzelbacher), Senator Obama said: “I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”  This quote has been the rallying call of the McCain campaign for […]

The Election, Immigration, and the Gospel, by Gabriel Salguero

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A great post by Gabriel Salguero over on God’s Politics: In the months leading up to the election, the topic of immigration reform has disappeared from the presidential candidates’ conversations. Ironically, during Hispanic Heritage month, Senators Obama and McCain spoke very […]

Obama Tied with McCain among Born Again Christians

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The latest Barna poll described by Steve Waldman Stunning. Shocking. Impossible? Barna, the premier pollster of the evangelical world, just released a new survey finding it’s a dead heat among “born again” Christians:McCain 45%Obama 43%Undecided 10% Points of reference: Bush won […]

My American Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Star Studded civil religion blended with electoral hope – not the worst thing in the world.   The Musical Follow up to Yes We Can from the primaries.  

Family Values for Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is a home made video about a family’s choice to support Obama and it is really great.

Colin Powell: A Sane Respectful Voice For American Muslims

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  It is about time.  On Sunday Gen. Colin Powell spoke eloquently about his choice to endorse Barack Obama and, most strikingly, condemned the implicit and explicit disrespect to American Muslims that has been a part of the electoral campaign.  […]

Republican Exceptionalism: Idolizing Ideology

posted by Paul Raushenbush

On Oct 2nd, Sarah Palin ended the Vice Presidential debate by voicing her strong belief in American exceptionalism, – that America has a unique blessing by God and a special  mission to the world.      Just a couple weeks later […]

To the Christian Leaders of America in this Time of Crisis

posted by Paul Raushenbush

To the Christian Leaders of America in this Time of Crisis,   The past few weeks have provided a vivid reminder that we are in a global crisis.  This is not restricted to what is happening with the stock markets.  […]

Saddleback vs the debates

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Third debate with God a no-show. After sitting through the last three debates, I feel nostalgic for the thrill of watching McCain and Obama talk from the heart about their faith and values at Saddleback.  That night we recived insights into both candidates which […]

Can Democrats Reduce More Abortions than Republicans?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Beliefnet’s Steve Waldman asks the question on his blog.  He writes: Some Democrats are now making an unusual argument about abortion: that a Democratic administration might actually reduce abortions more than a Republican administration? On the surface, this seems preposterous. Republicans […]

Main Street Casualities of the Prosperity Gospel

posted by Paul Raushenbush

David Van Biema reports in Time on the so called Prosperity Gospel: the congregants who believed, the lenders who were eager to take advantage of them, and the disaster this dangerous heresy has wrought.  He writes: “Has the so-called Prosperity […]

America, the Exceptional

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Recently I wrote that God, faith and religion were almost entirely absent from the McCain/Obama debate. Thursday’s match-up between Palin and Biden was similar.  This is surprising from two candidates who have talked a lot about their faith on the campaign trail and whose religious […]

Election Trends Among Religious Groups

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Trends in Candidate Preferences Among Religious Groups Oct. 2, 2008 The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press includes analysis of the candidate preferences of major religious groups. These charts, based on People-Press surveys conducted on […]

The 12 Tribes of American Politics in the ’08 Election

posted by Paul Raushenbush

John Green, Dan Gilgoff, and Steven Waldman just released this breakdown and analysis of the 12 religious voting blocks and their potential effect on the 2008 election.  What a shock for those of us on the “religious left” who have been […]

A Palin Religious Round-Up

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In advance of Thursday’s debate between Senator Biden and Governor Palin here is a round up of all the posts we have had about Sarah Palin since she came on the scene only a month ago. (Seems like forever doesn’t it?) Here […]

What Do Religious Voices Have to Say About the Crisis?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Anchor Bob Abernethy interviewed Rev. Jim Wallis from Sojourners and Father Jim Martin from America Magazine about the current crisis and the religion response.  Read an excerpt below: BOB ABERNETHY: Now, the financial crisis and proposals to […]

The God-less Debate

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Missing from the vocabulary of tonight’s presidential debate on foreign relations and the economy were such small terms as God, religion, and faith – there wasn’t even a God Bless America.   I co-direct the Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and […]

Wall Street – Repent!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Apparently we have a deal to bail out Wall Street using 700 Billion dollars of tax payer’s money to ensure that we same tax payers don’t suffer an even more severe downturn.  The frustrating thing for most of us following […]

Ads Urge Candidates Not to Bear False Witness in Presidential Debate

posted by Paul Raushenbush

When Steve Waldman asked the question whether the 9th commandment was a lesser one he must have struck a nerve: Listen to Ad Here     FaithfulAmerica.org is flooding the Mississippi airwaves this week with radio ads demanding accountability and honesty from […]

The Jewish Vote – A Backlash Against Christians?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Should or shouldn’t Jews vote for John McCain?  What effect does his choice of Sarah Palin as running mate (apparently instead of Joe Lieberman) whose religious world view is frightening and repellent to most Jewish voters have on their decision? […]

Praying for Obama in Africa (by Briallen Hopper)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As world leaders gather in New York and Friday’s first debate focuses on international affairs, it is important to keep in mind the overwhelming support that Senator Obama has among the average people around the world. While this might seem […]

Buddhist Values in the Public Square

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Given the recent summit on Value Voters, and the crisis on Wall Street I thought it might be interesting to ask a non-Christian on what values informed his approach to the public square.  I sent an email to Robert Thurman, a […]

Palin: The Religious Right’s American Idol (by Lisa Sharon Harper)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Lisa Sharon Harper is executive director of New York Faith & Justice and the author of Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican … or Democrat   If the Republican Convention was American Idol and Palin’s speech was a rock ballad, Palin […]

Is The Ninth Commandment A Lesser One? (by Steve Waldman)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman, Editor in Chief of Beliefnet has another interesting post on his blog.  He is wondering “Is The Ninth Commandment A Lesser One?” and if the McCain camp is practicing moral relativism.  You can read his post below: Several conservatives have been willing […]

Reclaiming Hope

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I became an Obama supporter because his candidacy and vision for America filled me with a feeling that no politician in my lifetime had inspired – hope. The hope that fueled my support for Senator Obama to be elected president was not sunny […]

Palin’s Religion: What’s Scary, What’s Not?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Beliefnet’s Steve Waldman wrote about Sarah Palin’s faith in a way that seems balanced and intelligent to me.  You can find his full text below: Those on the left, or merely those who aren’t evangelical Christians, are struggling to make […]

Reflections on September 12, 2001 (by Eric Sapp)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Much will be written today–and rightfully so–about 9/11 and what that day meant to our country.  As with many Americans, it was a day that had a deep and emotional effect on me, but in the years since, I have […]

Land vs. McLaren: Religion and the Election

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Progressive Revival is pleased to present the second debate/discussion between two of Time Magazine’s most powerful Evangelicals: Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and author of Divided States of America; and Brian McLaren, Progressive Revival blogger and author of Everything […]

Abortion Can Be a Winner for Obama (by Eric Sapp)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Eric Sapp is a Democratic faith outreach strategist and former partner at Common Good Strategies.  He is currently director of FaithfulDemocrats.com, and founding partner at the Eleison Group.   (cross posted to faithfulldemocrats) Let’s be honest, up until recently, the […]

Lay Off Palin – Please! (by Eric Sapp)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Eric Sapp is a Democratic faith outreach strategist and former partner at Common Good Strategies.  He is currently director of FaithfulDemocrats.com, and founding partner at the Eleison Group.   An election does not go by without someone paraphrasing Will Roger’s […]

Does Palin have a Pastor Problem?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Nico Pitney and Sam Stein at Huffington Post write that Palin’s Pentecoastal Church May Have Shaped A Controversial Worldview.  They write: Three months before she was thrust into the national political spotlight, Gov. Sarah Palin was asked to handle a much […]

Palin and the Ex-Catholic Factor

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman just posted some new news – at least for me.  That Governer Palin was a Roman Catholic before she was an Evangelical.  He writes: Have we ever had an ex-Catholic on a major presidential ticket? I can’t think of […]

Fannie Lou Hamer’s “Is This America?” Question, 44 Years Later (by Burns Strider)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Democratic National Convention in Denver has been soaring, stressful, emotional. The Clintons have rocked the house and taken great steps in uniting the Party. Joe Biden (and his mom) has reminded us that little boys in working class Catholic […]

Voices Crying in the Wilderness

posted by Paul Raushenbush

    You are (you are) not aloneYou dont have to do this on your ownOne Love Agape One Love Agape Solo(w) it can feel like were coming apartTogether were much more than the sum of our partsOne Love Agape […]

The Current of History Meets a New Tide of Hope

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Michele Obama made a beautiful speech tonight.  Her life story was new to me and equally moving to the now more familiar story of Barack Obama.  She was so intelligent, passionate and attractive that it made me wonder for a […]

Progressive (but not the religious kind) makes a Revival at the DNC

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Having spent most of my time so far in religious events I decided to go to a “secular” event to see if the excitement that religious based activist are feeling here in Denver is translating into the general conversation.     The answer, in short, […]

Cautious Hopefulness from the Faith Vote Panel at the DNC

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Video to come   There’s a shift happening among religious voters but the panelist at the Faith Vote Panel here at the DNC convention hedged on where or to whom it is shifting.  The panel consisted of Moderator Amy Sullivan, […]

Religion at the DNC – Potent and Dangerous

posted by Paul Raushenbush

On first glance, the DNC’s Interfaith Gathering at the Wells Fargo Theatre in the Convention Center in Denver was underwhelming.  Clumps of churchy looking people wafted towards the entrance, and by the designated starting time of 2pm the large theatre […]

One more protestor

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Another protester, speaking somewhat more softly said that he “believed in the constitution” apparently objecting to the DNC opening its convention with reilgion.

DNC Interfaith Gathering Interupted by Anti-Abortion Protesters

posted by Paul Raushenbush

4pm Denver, As the choir sang “walk together children and don’t you get weary” one protester and then another interupted the opening of the first ever DNC Interfaith Gathering.  The three men each started yelling that Obama was a baby killer, […]

A Statement on Joe Biden by Catholics United

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Washington, D.C. – Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to Catholic senator Joe Biden’s addition to the Democratic presidential ticket.  “Catholics United believes Senator Biden’s selection as vice presidential candidate is a positive […]

Senator Obama: Don’t Lose Your Ethical Vision

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The following is an open letter to Senator Obama from 150 Clergy people including several who blog for Progressive Revival such as Sister Joan Chittister and Michael Lerner. Dear Senator Obama, As strong supporters of your campaign to become President […]

McCain and the Eye of a Needle

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  We have heard a lot in the past years about Evangelicals being more concerned about issues such as climate change, AIDS, and, especially, poverty.  So it was jarring that there was so little concern from Evangelicals about Senator McCain’s […]

Bloggingheads Debate: Richard Land v Brian McLaren

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Two of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Evangelicals: Richard Land from the Southern Baptist Convention and Brian McLaren, from Progressive Revival debate the issues facing Chrstians today on Bloggingheads TV. See the whole debate here:   Political Parties trolling in […]

Cross Drawn in the Dirt – Gate

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman has been covering the Cross Draw in Sand-Gate scandal that is heating up.  It was the first time I had heard the story and found it moving. It would be absolutely nuts if it turns out to be some […]

The Christian Candidates and the Question of Evil

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  The language spoken at the Civil Forum at Saddleback was not the loaded tongue of Evangelical churches across America sometimes referred to as “Christianese.” Aside from one inquiry about the candidate’s personal faith in Jesus Christ, the values based political […]

Barack Obama and the (surprise!) Mainline Vote

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A new poll by the Barna group finds that Obama is leading in 18 of 19 different religious faith communities defined by the survey’s strict standards. McCain leads in only one–evangelicals. This is good news for Senator Obama and should […]

Will the Dems’ Abortion Shift Attract Votes?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman doubts it: All in all, I’d say that this platform does NOT do what was necessary to win substantial numbers of Catholics or moderate evangelicals. What do the other Revivalists think? What do readers think? Will the Democrats’ […]

Draft of New Democratic Platform Language on Abortion

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Draft language for the 2008 Democratic Party platform on abortion: The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any […]

Obama as Anti-Christ Theory Gathers Steam

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The story that began here on Progressive Revival last week when Revivalist Mara Vanderslice noted that John McCain’s The One Ad could be interpreted as portraying Barack Obama as the Anti-Christ has made it into the pages of TIME magazine, which reports that […]

Detailing The Anti-Christ Imagery in the Obama Ad

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Elaison Group has written a detailed memo going through the imagery in the McCain ad designed, they argue, to intentionally imply that Obama is the anti-Christ

Obama’s Muslim Outreach Coordinator Resigns

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama’s new Muslim outreach coordinator is already gone.  According to the Wall Street Journal, he had served for a few months on the board  of a Muslim investment fund with ties to fundamentalist Islam and an indirect connection (through a board […]

What Rick Warren Should Ask Obama & McCain On Abortion (Guest Post by Eric McFadden)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

On August 16th, Saddleback Church is sponsoring Senators Obama and McCain for their first joint event of the campaign, the Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion. Some on the far right have expressed concern that the Pastor of Saddleback […]

The Supposed Fraudulence of Liberal Christianity

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Former Senator Rick Santorum described Obama’s faith as “phony” and went on to challenge the authenticity of liberal Christianity in general: “When you take a salvation story and turn it into a liberation story you’ve abandoned Christiandom and I don’t […]

McCain Pulling Ahead?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

While one new poll has Obama beating McCain among white working class voters (remember, the ones Obama was supposedly unable to attract), another poll has McCain pulling ahead nationally. From TalkingPointsMemo.com: In short, the recent mudslinging in the campaign may […]

A Poignant Dispatch from Gene Robinson at Lambeth

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rev. Gene Robinson, the gay Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, was pointedly not to attend Lambeth Conference. But he has been there and posted this poignant dispatch on his blog.   Since arriving in Canterbury, I had not yet visited the […]

Daily Kos’s Criticism of Progressive Revival

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The current criticism of Progressive Revival by Street Prophets at Daily Kos highlights the tension in both religion and politics over who is “progressive enough” in this campaign season. They write that the Revivalists are not “an expression of the […]

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