Faith in the 2012 Elections

With candidates such as Mitt Romney and Rick Perry of the Christian Right taking center stage, J. Terry Todd, Professor of American Religious Studies at Drew University talks about the role of faith in the political rhetoric, on the campaign trail and in the presidency itself.


ON ScriptureThis video is featured in the ON Scripture article Exodus 1:8-2:10 - Faith in the Past, Present, and Future written by Eric D. Barreto for Sunday, August 21, 2011.

Chrissie Daniels
January 04th, 2012 12:41 pm

Very relevant to the news this AM. This must be older as it looks like Herman Cain is still in the mix. I think faith is important to character but I would like to see less of it influence votes. Talking about your faith doesn't mean you're truly a believer and you don't have to be religious to be be an effective leader.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln did not attend church regularly? He read the Bible and it influenced his speeches but he was not a "church-going" man. Interesting. We could use a Lincoln right now.

C. Conner
October 31st, 2011 07:29 am

I would like to see Professor Todd and other experts in the field of religion address the difference between "faith" and "belief." Several of your videos seem to think the words are interchangeable. I love a quote from Alan Watts: "Belief clings. Faith lets go." Perhaps, the question the electorate must consider is whether a candidate will cling so tightly to his or her personal belief system that he or she will attempt to impose it on us all. Many times belief limits one's perspective but faith opens one's head and heart . Belief is about dogma; Faith is about choices. Belief asks "What should be done?" Faith asks "How can I best serve?" I think faith calls for one to be impeccable with one's word, to assume nothing; to be cautious with judgment and to always do one's best. Those are all "how" qualities. At their core, all major religions teach that everything is relational, is about "how" we relate to each other and all of creation. Dogmas may differ but I would respectively say, we need a president who has faith; a president who understands life is a process not a production.

August 16th, 2011 11:48 am

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