Deal, you raise an interesting point about Catholics and the war. It could indeed be a wild card. But here’s the thing: in 2004, Catholics supported the Iraq war (along with the rest of the public) despite opposition from the Vatican. If the Vatican didn’t seem to influence Catholics views on the war, why would…

Deal, Thank you for your thoughtful unpacking of the Catholic question. The most persuasive explanation of why Hillary would be doing better than Obama among Catholics is that she “inherits much of the Catholic goodwill bestowed upon her husband.” What I’m still confused about is this: all of the issues cited by Ray Flynn and…

REVEREND WRIGHT: Over the next few days, prominent scholars of the African-American religious tradition from several different disciplines — theologians, church historians, ethicists, professors of the Hebrew bible, homiletics, hermeneutics, and historians of religions — those scholars will join in with sociologists, political analysts, local church pastors, and denominational officials to examine the African-American religious…

Deal, thank you for participating in Casting Stones this week. I wanted to respond to your post about the Catholic vote. Clearly, Hillary is doing much better among Catholics than Obama is, but I’m afraid that I don’t buy the notion that it’s because of her “clearly outlined social justice message.” What about her social…

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