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Faith of the Candidates
Election 2016

Each presidential candidate for Election 2016 has a religious background and current ideas about the place of God in the political square. Their positions on faith and liberty are often complex, and strongly impact their ideas about public life and the political policies that govern much of it. Understanding the nexus between religious beliefs and political rhetoric is critical in evaluating the direction each candidate would take the country.

What do the presidential candidates believe? How do they identify their religion? Where do they worship? How do their beliefs affect their political platforms?

Patheos offers the information you need to weigh the religious angles of each candidacy.


Ted Cruz

The Texan Baptist and His Convictions

The Texan Baptist and His Convictions

Ted Cruz appeals to evangelical voters because of the overt Christian language of his platform, his arguments, and his willingness to meet with pastors and speak at churches.

Does Cruz really want to turn the U.S. into a theocracy if he makes it to the White House? Read more about Cruz here.

John Kasich

The Governor of Ohio and His Quiet Christianity

The Governor of Ohio and His Quiet Christianity

The cradle Catholic turned Anglican appeals to moderates within the Republican party.

Is Kasich the right candidate to unite an increasingly divided nation? Read more about Kasich here.

Marco Rubio

The Catholic Senator from Florida

The Catholic Senator from Florida

This U.S. senator has a colorful belief history and his campaign includes a Religious Liberty Advisory board comprised of notable evangelicals.

Does Rubio actually flip-flop when it comes to faith and policy? Read more about Rubio here.

Donald Trump

The New York Billionaire and His Presbyterianism

The New York Billionaire and His Presbyterianism

The real estate mogul has sparred with many public figures who have questioned his religious and policy positions.

Can "The Donald" make America great again....or will he make it worse? Read more about Trump here.

Hillary Clinton

The United Methodist Secretary of State

The United Methodist Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton, a Methodist, was the first First Lady elected to the Senate and is running to become the nation's first female president.

Are Americans ready for a woman to take the reins as commander in chief? Read more about Clinton here.

Bernie Sanders

The Jewish Senator and Socialist

The Jewish Senator and Socialist

If elected, Bernie Sanders would be the first Jew in the Oval Office. However, faith isn't a central part of the democratic socialist's campaign.

Is Sanders' American Dream good for our country? Read more about Sanders here.