What Kinds Questions are College Students Asking About Religion and Politics?

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Today I had the privilege of speaking to  Benjamin Knoll‘s “Introduction to Politics” class at Centre College, a liberal arts college in Danville, Kentucky where I am lecturing tonight.  Knoll has a very engaged group of students.  They came to class ready to talk about religion and the 2016 Presidential election.

Here were some of the questions that I fielded from the students:

Q:  Why do you think the Christian Right does not focus much on the environment, social justice, war, and other “life” issues that extend beyond abortion.

Q:  Why do so many evangelicals try to bring their faith to bear on politics?  Why can’t their religious faith just be a private matter?

Q:  Why do Catholic political candidates still face difficulty getting elected in the United States and especially the South?

Q:  Does evangelical fear of newcomers such as Muslims represent something new in American history?

Q:  What is the future of the evangelical left in America?

Q:  What would the founding fathers think about all the references to “under God” in American culture, such as in the Pledge of Allegiance or on currency?

How would you have answered these questions?

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