"that the religiously motivated translate their concerns to universal, rather than
religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principal that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all."
What principal, accessible to all people is he trying to reach? Where did these principals, this morality, originate? Is it possible that Buddha, Muhammad, God, and a pop-psychology professor somehow magically "inserted" the same moral values in us all? And all we have to do is "tap in", and everyone will be happy? It is in this chapter that the division widened. The common ground seemed hidden, even unsearchable. His quote summed up the chapter - "Alongside my own deep personal faith, I am a follower, as well, of our civic religion." Maybe that cements it for the other side as well. My takeaway from this chapter - Ugh.
Chapter 5 - Four Faces of Faith, and the final chapter. It included short faith biographies of George W. Bush, John McCain, and Hillary Clinton to compare with the in-depth chapters on Barack Obama. Made me want to read a whole book on each one. The histories of all of these great leaders (argue if you will, about any or all), is fascinating. Takeaway - Put beside the other three, Barack's faith compares, it contrasts, and it is obvious why he is the choice of many.
This has got to be my longest post ever. I went well beyond Mr. Hyatt's requested 200 words paragraphs ago. If you're still reading, thank you. In short, I recommend this book. To supporters and detractors both - it is important to learn all you can about those who may be called to lead this great nation.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read the book.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
A leader is coming, soon, whom none will question. And the government will be on HIS shoulders. Praise the Lord. No one will question his faith. No one will question his motives. No one will question his politics. They will all be those of his Father. And we will be saved.