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Oct 2 2012
Less religion on the campaign trail this time?

I'm a bit surprised, because I felt that "faith" was still being "worn on the sleeve" of our presidential candidates, but an NPR article today argues that there is actually a lot less of that this year than last time:

Religion used to be everywhere in the presidential elections. George W. Bush courted conservative believers in 2004. In 2008, Sarah Palin excited evangelicals and unexpectedly so did Barack Obama.

What a difference a few years make. In 2007, then-candidate Obama used evangelical language to describe his Christian conversion: He was a young, secular community organizer who occasionally visited the local Chicago church, when one day he walked to the front of the sanctuary and knelt before the cross.

"I felt I heard God's spirit beckoning me," Obama recalled. "I submitted myself to his will and dedicated myself to discovering his truths and carrying out his works."

The testimony startled and intrigued some evangelicals, like David Gushee, director of Mercer University's Center for Theology and Public Life. But now, Gushee says, Obama's evangelical language has disappeared.

The article goes on to speculate about why this change has occurred. Interesting. Recommended.

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