E.J. Dionne discusses Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right.
One of our most prolific thinkers, E. J. Dionne argues that the advantage of the religious right is over. He says mainstream America has taken up the causes of social justice, peace and the environment.
Though he expects evangelical Christians to continue to thrive, they are beginning to focus on these issues as well, rather than abortion and gay marriage- The Commonwealth Club of California
Evelyn Dilsaver is the former Executive Vice President of Charles Schwab and President and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management.
E.J. Dionne Jr.
E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring by Bloomsbury. He is also the author of Why Americans Hate Politics, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a National Book Award nominee; They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era; Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge; and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne advocates abandoning the current debate over the legality of abortion and instead favors concentrating efforts to reduce the need for abortions in the first place.
E.J. Dionne brought up the example of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address as showing the 'good' doubt of religion that leads to humility. Is there any evidence that Abraham Lincoln was a traditional Christian that believed in a Trinity or salvation exclusively though faith in Jesus Christ? I can find no direct statement of this.
Prof. Dionne makes a cogent and profound argument for the fact that in the next 10-20 year, the influence of the Far Christian Right is waning at a progressively faster rate and will continue to wane even more so. As evidenced by the National Evangelical Association's declaration that Christians need to become involved in the environmental causes and further involved in the homelessness and hunger issues that are facing us, in America at a much faster rate than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930's.
The Christian Rights focus being diverted away from the 3 G's: G-d, Guns and Gays is a major step in the direction of being able to minister to the world, not according to their agenda but as the world is.
If the Christians expect to gain any ground they must as a movement leave the political arena as it now stands and work for the common good, not the good of a chosen few but all the people whom G-d has placed upon the earth. If this happens, you will see a momentous movement that will change how the world thinks about Christianity and its adherents.