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Welcome to Week Two of Election Month at Patheos! At Patheos, the world's most compelling writers confront life's most important questions. One important question right now is standing in front of American voters. While we count down to the 2012 election, we've asked our extraordinary stable of writers and experts to offer their perspectives on the relationship between religion, politics and citizenship.

The question for Week Two is this: Does a candidate's faith really matter?

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Articles and Posts

So Help Me God!

So Help Me God!

Robert Crosby

Perhaps Romney and his team should take a few cues from JFK.

Should a Candidate's Faith Matter to Paleo Evangelicals?

Should a Candidate's Faith Matter to Paleo Evangelicals?

Thomas Kidd

Faith-related public issues may well be decisive. 

Faith Matters, Yours and Mine

Faith Matters, Yours and Mine

Rebecca Hamilton

Faith, for all its tricky points, is still a tough one to completely fake.

How My Spirit Meets Elections

How My Spirit Meets Elections

Elizabeth Nordquist

We will know much more when we see actions taken that move us toward bringing in the reign of God, and that will heal all people.

I Care About a Candidate's Values, Not Faith

I Care About a Candidate's Values, Not Faith

Libby Anne

I do care whether a candidate values secularism, social justice, equality and science.

Binders Full of Egos: Deciding How to Vote

Binders Full of Egos: Deciding How to Vote

Susan Baller-Shepard

Does a candidate's faith matter in an election? You'd think as a Presbyterian minister I'd answer in the affirmative -- but I don't.

God Doesn't Get a Vote

God Doesn't Get a Vote

James Croft

Faith itself is a sort of value. And it's not the sort of value I appreciate in potential world leaders.

Candidates and their Religion

Candidates and their Religion

Carole Carnes

Ultimately our deepest beliefs become the launch pad for our behaviors.

Mitt's Mormonism Matters: Considering a Candidate's Faith

Mitt's Mormonism Matters: Considering a Candidate's Faith

Tony Jones

I think this post is another case of where I break with most of my progressive colleagues and side with my evangelical friends.

Four Reasons Why a Candidate's Faith Matters - And Why This Helps Romney

Four Reasons Why a Candidate's Faith Matters - And Why This Helps Romney

Timothy Dalrymple

To prohibit the government from imposing a "religious test" is not to require individual voters to ignore candidates' religious beliefs in the voting booth.

On the Campaign Trail: Faith Outreach with Obama for America

On the Campaign Trail: Faith Outreach with Obama for America

Michael Wear

A guest column by Michael Wear, Director of Faith Outreach for Obama for America.

Does Faith Matter?

Does Faith Matter?

The Whiskey Preacher

If Obama wasn't a Christian, would you vote for him?

The 51%

The 51%

Jessica Church

They want someone who understands their faith.

The Impossibility of Being President and Following Jesus

The Impossibility of Being President and Following Jesus

Kurt Willems

This is a radical claim in this heated election season, without a doubt, but is why I could care less what religion a candidate claims to adhere to.

Mitt Romney, Mormonism and Book of Mormon: The Musical

Mitt Romney, Mormonism and Book of Mormon: The Musical

Carl Gregg

We religious liberals often fail to appreciate the difference between liberal religion and either orthodoxy or orthopraxy.

UnChristian Witness

UnChristian Witness

Eric Sapp

Does a candidate's faith matter? It matters deeply when the candidate runs on their faith while ignoring its core tenents.

The Connection of Church and State

The Connection of Church and State

Lynn Ungar

If you call yourself religious, it is your job not only to hold a core set of values that you understand to be at the heart of your religion, but also to go out and practice and advocate for those values in the world.

Does a Candidate's Faith Matter?

Does a Candidate's Faith Matter?

Teresa Blythe

I would vote for a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan or atheist if that person would work for income equality, universal health care and an end to poverty.

Does a Candidate's Faith Matter?

Does a Candidate's Faith Matter?

JT Eberhard

Only because reason matters.

Voting on Faith

Voting on Faith

Phil Fox Rose

We live in the immediate aftermath of one the most extreme examples in history of a president's worldview affecting the choices they made.

Carrying Christianity Beyond Left and Right

Carrying Christianity Beyond Left and Right

Tim Suttle

To make religion simply a private matter which should not influence the way we organize our communities is to rob the Christian faith of its social nature.

Church Affiliation: Wooing Voters

Church Affiliation: Wooing Voters

Karen Spears Zacharias

A way of saying there's me, then there is you.

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