The Nation gets religion


It does appear that The Nation cares deeply about whether President Bush holds traditional Christian beliefs on issues of salvation. Thus, Matt Bivens is lobbying for journalists to start asking Bush if he believes that folks in other faiths are going to heaven or hell.

Actually, this came up long ago in Texas and Bush had to deal with it. It also should be noted that some on the left freaked out when this question was aimed at Howard Dean.

So here is a sample of The Nation’s questions for Bush and, thus, for John Kerry and everybody else:

Does he therefore believe — as born-again Christians often do — that even good and kind people are doomed to Hell, unless they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior?

Does he believe that Jews and Muslims are ultimately damned? If he doesn’t believe that, then is he saying one can reject Jesus Christ — yet still go to Heaven? If he does believe that, then does the inevitable damnation of the majority of humanity ever enter into his Earthly calculations?

Does the President believe that he’s doing God’s work?

Has he been telling other world leaders that God told him to invade Iraq?

Does he actually hear God’s voice? If so, when does this happen for him, and what does it sound like? Does he just receive a message, or does he have actual two-way conversations?

And another question: Does anyone at The Nation actually know any evangelical Christians? Are there any in the magazine’s newsroom?

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About tmatt

Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • Dwight

    Left magazines as a whole don’t adequately cover religion. Once in a while there will be an article or column by someone like a Harvey Cox or a William Sloan Coffin in The Nation, but you pretty much have to go to a magazine like Sojourners or The Other Sideto find magazines which integrate Christian faith and left politics.

  • Stacy L. Harp

    I agree that if the Nation is going to ask President Bush questions about his faith, that any Presidential candidate should also be asked about his/her faith.

    I also think that instead of skirting the issues like President Bush did in the last election, when he didn’t answer the question about heaven or hell directly, but rather instead deferred to his religion as the medium that teaches the belief he does indeed hold, that he should’ve just been a man of conviction and integrity and said, yes I do believe personally what my religion teaches, that is that if a person rejects Christ as their Lord and Savior, they will indeed go to hell.

    However, some people like to say that the President isn’t the “Theologian in Chief” and so somehow that excuses him from stating the truth about his faith. He needs to just state the truth and trust in His God to deliver him or honor him for his stance.

    Editors and writers also have to be fair though in their coverage of both liberals and conservatives when it comes to the subject of their religious beliefs, and so this writer will find it interesting to see if the questions will be balanced or biased.

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