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The Religious Use of Politics

04/14/10 -   Robin W. Lovin, the Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University offers these thoughts on the PBS Ethics and Religion newsweekly website:

"Americans have never been quite sure what to think about politics, and religious Americans have been as confused about this as everybody else. Despite a heritage of religious reflection that is far older than the country itself, we do not know what to make of politics from the perspective of faith. Or, to put the matter more precisely, we do not agree about what to make of politics from the perspective of faith.

In North Carolina, a couple of years back, there was a Baptist pastor who confidently told his congregation that you can't be a Christian if you don't vote Republican. (I do not know what that did for the number of Republicans in the area, but I am reliably informed that it increased the number of United Methodists.)" 
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