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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?

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Articles and Posts

The Righteous Mind and the Democratic Process

The Righteous Mind and the Democratic Process

Carl Gregg

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.

Politics, Religion and Lies That Fester

Politics, Religion and Lies That Fester

Rebecca Hamilton

To Dolan or not to Dolan?  That was the question.

Fixing the Relationship Between Faith and Politics

Fixing the Relationship Between Faith and Politics

Libby Anne

Today, candidates of either party must pay lip service to God and to religion.

Why We Need More Religion in Politics, Not Less

Why We Need More Religion in Politics, Not Less

Timothy Dalrymple

We require better religion in politics; a religion that is not reflexively partisan.

Not Enough Religion in Politics?

Not Enough Religion in Politics?

Bruce Epperly

Reinhold Neibuhr once stated that we need to recognize the truth in our neighbor's falsehood and the falsehood in our truth.

Where Does Faith Fit Into Today's Politics?

Where Does Faith Fit Into Today's Politics?

Christian Piatt

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 Generic God of the Stump Speech

The Generic God of the Stump Speech

Leah Libresco

The God of vague, inoffensive things.

Divided We Stand! Wait, What?

Divided We Stand! Wait, What?

Jeremy Lott

All were meant to keep the stakes of one election from ever getting this high.

Evangelical Concern for Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Evangelical Concern for Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Alan Noble

Anti-Muslim rhetoric is taking root in evangelical institutions. Evangelicals should be concerned. 

Caesar is Not Lord

Caesar is Not Lord

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.

What's Right with Politics in America: Debates Matter

What's Right with Politics in America: Debates Matter

Tony Jones

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.

The Word of God vs The Word of Politicians

The Word of God vs The Word of Politicians

Bruce Reyes-Chow

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.

The Use, Misuse and Abuse of Faith in Pluralist America

The Use, Misuse and Abuse of Faith in Pluralist America

Phil Fox Rose

There's much that's right with faith and politics in America today -- and much that's desperately wrong.

America: Christian Nation or Not?

America: Christian Nation or Not?

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.

Religious Freedom is For Everyone

Religious Freedom is For Everyone

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.

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