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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Faith and Politics by John C. Danforth

John Danforth, a former U.S. Senator for Missouri, who is also an ordained Episcopal priest (and a qualified attorney, and former diplomat - a U.N. representative and envoy to Sudan, brokering the 2005 agreement that stopped the civil war in the south of that country) has a new book out called Faith and Politics: How the "Moral Values" Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together. There is a video on the Council for Foreign Relations site of an interview and Q&A session with him. The book, as Barnes and Noble puts it, comes from someone with "a lifetime of public service" who "has advocated for reason, moderation, and reconciliation in all matters political". Faith and Politics deplores the influence of the Christian right over politics, especially the Republican party. Danforth, as the interview makes clear, is very concerned at the collapse of the centre ground in American politics. The book makes suggestions as to how that centre might be reclaimed and become again the focus of politics. It looks like an interesting read, on a very topical issue.


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