December 3, 2007

Faith and Politics

In my sheltered life, I’ve never heard Presbyterians called the “frozen chosen,” I didn’t care that Jack Kennedy was Catholic, and I have little interest in campaign attempts to nail down matters of faith among political candidates.

Peggy Noonan’s Declarations column in the Wall Street Journal last month (November 24-24) – entitled "People Before Prophets" – shares her take on the subject. It’s right on target and worth a read. She acknowledges the importance of faith, but suggests that we may be over-reaching in neatly assigning candidates a seal of approval.

Faith can be a bit elusive. As Ms. Noonan writes about political candidates, “It is impossible for us to know their hearts. It’s barely possible to know your own. Faith is important, but it’s also personal.”


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