Faith != Goodness

February 7, 2009

I’m not breaking any new ground blogging here, but I saw an interview on the Daily Show this past week with Randall Balmer of Barnard College. Balmer hit on some things that I had thought about in depth last year and have been increasingly fascinated with. What has really struck me is what I see as the American belief that being a person of faith means to be a good person, or more specifically being a Good Christian means being a good person. I’ve only lived in the US, Japan and China, but I do follow world news and politics to feel pretty clearly like amongst developed nations, this specific fascination with religion is uniquely American.

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