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Faith and Politics

Several years ago a book by former Senator John Danforth calls on Christian Moderates to give the world a balanced view of what Christianity is about. Contrary to what some Christian Conservatives would have us believe, Christianity is not about politics. According to Danforth, the Conservative Christian  agenda is a distraction from the agenda that God really wants His followers to embrace–performing acts of benevolence, showing respect for all people, regardless of their political and religious beliefs, and promoting unity.

The following excerpt from the publishers provides insight into some of the issues Danforth tackles.

“A former U.S. senator and ordained Episcopal priest examines the controversial intersection of faith and politics in America

As a former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Missouri and an ordained Episcopal priest, John C. Danforth has watched the changes in his party and the church with growing alarm. After penning two op-eds for The New York Times criticizing the right for its focus on wedge issues—abortion, stem-cell research, gay marriage, the Schiavo case, the public display of religion—that drive people apart, he speaks out again to call for a change.

“The Republican Party has been taken over by something that it’s not,” Danforth says. “People do not want a sectarian political party, including a lot of people who are traditional Republicans.” In Faith and Politics, Danforth provides suggestions for moving toward a more secular Republican party that inspires trust in the people of the United States. Based on years of hard-won political experience and a life of religious service, he calls for Christians to look to the Bible and Christian teachings for ways in which they can practice their faith day to day and turn the country’s focus to a common ground once more.”

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