Welcome to Election Month at Patheos - Week One! Patheos was designed to host the world's most compelling conversations on life's most important questions. 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 first week's question is this: What's wrong — and what's right — with the role of faith in American politics today?
Please note that Patheos wants to model a conversation that is elevated, informed and charitable. Please focus your comments on the critical issues before us, and please be constructive.
In the midst of our electoral squabbles, one book that has received significant media attention for bringing some much needed clarity into the underlying dynamics of our divided political landscape is The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt.
To Dolan or not to Dolan? That was the question.
Today, candidates of either party must pay lip service to God and to religion.
We require better religion in politics; a religion that is not reflexively partisan.
Reinhold Neibuhr once stated that we need to recognize the truth in our neighbor's falsehood and the falsehood in our truth.
Faith in the political sphere is at its worst when it allows itself to be allied with any particular political group for the sake of consolidating power.
The God of vague, inoffensive things.
A trip down a philosophical black hole.
All were meant to keep the stakes of one election from ever getting this high.
Anti-Muslim rhetoric is taking root in evangelical institutions. Evangelicals should be concerned.
John Mark Reynolds
Jesus is Lord and Caesar is not. No polity that disregards those two truths is worthy of a free Christian's allegiance.
For all my disappointment with Obama's performance in the first debate, there's something that make me very glad. It's that the debates seem to matter to the American public.
If we can acknowledge these realities of shared hypocrisy and extend a little grace in this time of contentiousness, maybe we'll reach the other side of the election season a little less bruised and battered.
Phil Fox Rose
There's much that's right with faith and politics in America today -- and much that's desperately wrong.
The Whiskey Preacher
Native Americans and the victims of the inquisitions and the Crusades could tell you: beware the dangers of mixing politics and faith.
Caryn D. Riswold
The flag of religious freedom is flown by a small minority of leaders who actually want to impose their religious ideology on others.