E.J. Dionne on religion in politics

03/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Washington Post syndicated columnist E. J. Dionne has just written a new book, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right. In it, he details why the era of the Religious Right – and the crude exploitation of faith for political advantage – is now over. But he writes that the end of the Christian right doesn’t signal the decline of evangelical Christianity, but is rather its disentanglement from a political machine that sold out to a narrow agenda such as opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

Dionne takes on recent books from authors like Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, all who have topped the bestseller charts in recent years. Dionne calls them "neo-atheists," and say their books are over-reactions to over-reactions. We asked EJ Dionne last week to explain.

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