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∙ It is okay for practices to change and for growth and adaption for modern times
Danforth, Faith and Politics
Danforth speaks out clearly against the religious right’s conflation of their political agenda with a religious agenda. He argues that no one should presume to embody God’s truth. He castigates the religious right for
their focus on wedge issues that drive people apart and that create “tests” for religious orthodoxy. In fact,
Danforth looks closely at many of the major wedge issues of our day: abortion, stem cell research, gay
marriage, the Schiavo case, and public displays of religion. In Faith and Politics, Danforth provides a
blueprint for moving forward that is based on years of hardwon political experience and a life of religious
service by calling for Christians to look to the Bible and Christian teachings for ways in which they can
practice their faith day to day so as to inspire a trust and focus on common ground, not fringe issues. As a
respected former senator, ambassador to Sudan, priest, and especially here as an author who writes
openly about political life, and ambition, humbly about his achievements, and above all with clarity and
reason that both Republicans and Democrats hear all too little of, Senator Danforth is uniquely qualified to
call for the change we so desperately need.
● "Whether religion is a reconciling or divisive force in America depends on the degrees of certainty
or humility with which we claim its truths to be our own. If we are convinced that our opinions on
social and political questions are the law of God, then people who oppose our opinions become
opponents of God. If, in contrast, we recognize the limits of our own understanding of God’s truth,
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