December 14, 2011

Do Politicians Find Religion to Get Elected?

Mark Oppenheimer, The New Republic

If Newton Leroy Gingrich becomes the Republican candidate for president of the United States, then the 2012 election will be a contest between two men who found new religions fairly late in life. Gingrich is on his third religion: He was raised a Lutheran, later became a Southern Baptist, and in 2009 was received into the Roman Catholic church. President Obama, having been raised in an irreligious home, famously found faith as an adult in Chicago, where he was baptized in 1988 by Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. (of great controversy).

Gingrich and Obama are hardly unique in the annals of contemporary politics. Major American politicians seem unusually promiscuous in their religious affinities, not just switching houses of worship but totally altering the substance of their...

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May 10, 2012
Nothing Wrong With Theological Tourism
Peter Berger, Am. Interest
On April 13, 2012 Religion News Service carried a story about Andrew Bowen, a 29-year old resident of Lumberton, North Carolina. Throughout the year 2011 he practiced a different religion each month—Hindu in January, ... more ››
May 8, 2012
Can a Judge Nullify Your Conversion?
Shlomo Brody, Jerusalem Post
Over the past few years, conversion became embroiled in a new controversy after a senior rabbinic court led by Rabbi Avraham Sherman nullified a conversion performed by a different court of the Israeli rabbinate, further... more ››