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November 8, 2010

The Religious Lives of Political Leaders

Article VI of the Constitution proscribes a religious test for holding any public office but the realities of campaigning suggest there may be a de facto religious test in American politics. Is this appropriate? How does a candidate's personal faith affect his or her political views? How do politicians navigate conflicts between their religious beliefs and the demands of office? Should religious morality influence views on social policy? EJ Dionne, Ross Douthat, and Damon Linker discussed the role of religion in the personal and public lives of our political leaders.

Featuring

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and a leading scholar and commentator on religion in US politics. A senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dionne also writes a column for the Washington Post that is syndicated in over 200 outlets nationally and abroad. His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2012). Dionne's book Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. He is also author of They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era (1996), Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004), and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right (2008).

Participants

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and a leading scholar and commentator on religion in US politics. A senior fellow in the...
Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat has been an op-ed columnist with the New York Times since April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012)...
Damon Linker

Damon Linker

Damon Linker is a Senior Writing Fellow in the Center for Critical Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, National Review, The...