Romney and Obama’s quintessentially American religious upbringing

“For Mitt Romney, the nurturing communitarian environment of a familial faith tradition that flourished in a hostile environment passed on … Continued

“For Mitt Romney, the nurturing communitarian environment of a familial faith tradition that flourished in a hostile environment passed on a heritage of resilience and accomplishment. For Barack Obama, an eclectic but earnest Protestantism grounded his own individual eclecticism so that he overcame personal adversity to succeed in a hostile environment.”

Miles S. Mullin II, scholar at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies, on the religious backgrounds of both presidential candidates.

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  • reformthesystem

    This piece by a Southern Baptist purporting to admire Athanasius, a Copt, bandies words about like quintessential, earnest Protestantism, and eclectic but doesn’t tell readers anything except that French Catholics rejected Romney’s preaching, as well they should, and Obama continues to explore. Georgetown’s ratings as a world university have declined a lot (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013) and it could in lieu of its trendy Imam, Jewish “secularist” and similar focuses pay more attention to the theology that people like John Courtney Murray, Martin d’Arcy and Gustave Weigel used to teach there, as well as the other traditional liberal arts and the sciences and the burgeoning Far East.

  • jackmurphy143

    Romney is a mormon and Obama is a practical atheist who admires Islam. Obama belonged to a christian church who had a traditional theology with Mary as the mother of God the centerpiece of their faith. Obama in 1988 said Jesus was a historical figure and a mediator. Not the mediator but a mediator – like an prophet, not God’s only Son. Obama wears a ring that says in Arabic “There is no God but Allah”. And Obama rejected the very liberal teaching on abortion of his church that had no stomach for third trimester abortions they called “grissly”.

  • museumgirl

    Gosh, and I thought Psychology and Economics were the only faux sciences to use big words to hide lack of empirical facts and research. Spare us speculation offered as truth based insight.

  • sky3ler

    Learn to spell, and stop repeating silly debunked rumors.

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