Prep Post #22: Religion & Politics

I found the articles that we read to be very interesting, because while these articles do raise up the awareness of how much religion and politics can and have been muddied into each other, and showcase the idea that America and its government is still very Christocentric, they also bring up the fact that there is a very slow but steady move away from traditional religious relationships between both the church and state and within the church itself. The article on Billy Graham is interesting because it does highlight how politics can very much be a part of religious decisions, but it also helps to show how the weight of his influence, and of the religious right as a whole, are in danger of becoming weakened due to an unwillingness to change or accept change. In fact, I feel as if there is a common theme of people not willing to accept something/someone because it differs from what they already know. The reception of Obama among the religious right is interesting because many conservatives claim that he is “not truly Christian” because he does not act by their definition of Christianity; he represents, according to some arguments, a more libertarian approach to Christianity, which is perhaps not as common in more conservative churches. This general shift in religion can also be seen in how the amount of Protestants in the Congress is shrinking, and how it is become more religiously diverse as a whole. All of this seems to show how there is a shift in the relationship between religion and government in the country; while the nation still is a very much Christian nation in terms of society and culture, there seems to be a loosening of the strong ties, if even a little. This sort of shift definitely shows how much power religion holds in politics; when you start trying to separate the two, or when there is a change that may go against the favor of the predominant religion, there seems to be always a backlash. At the same time, though, there are also instances like those in North Carolina, where they are trying to declare a state religion. Which is interesting to me, and I feel like is very much a retaliation and, in a way, an attempt to regain control.

 

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One Response to Prep Post #22: Religion & Politics

  1. cmijangos says:

    I definitely agree with you that people are unwilling to accept someone else because of differences between how the two do things or in what they believe. Obama has an interesting combination of religious influences that make up his religious beliefs, and I think the combination is what lead people to believe that he is not a true Christian. But as we have seen in class Christians come with a wide variety of belief systems. I think that our government deviating from the traditional position is good. It’ll be interesting to see how the different religions shape the beliefs and moral of those in politics, and how those beliefs and morals will come into play when they make decisions

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