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Presidents and Religion – Randall Balmer

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/04/16/Votes_Values_and_Religion_Go_to_the_Primaries

Randall Balmer, Barnard College Professor of Religious History, examines differences between Presidents’ expressions of morality and faith on the campaign trail versus their actions in office.

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Randall Balmer, Barnard College, and Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University, share their expertise on the intersection of faith and politics in the United States, with specific reference to the current election cycle, moderated by Sondra Farganis, Director of the Wolfson Center for National Affairs.

Professor Balmer has written extensively about evangelical politics, a subject he addresses in his latest book, God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.

The topic is also central to Professor Berlinerblau’s forthcoming book, Thumpin’ It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today’s Presidential Politics. Sponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs – The New School

Randall Balmer, professor of American religious history at Barnard College, Columbia University, earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985. He has lectured at the Chautauqua Institution, the Commonwealth Club of California and the Smithsonian Associates and to audiences around the country, and he has been a visiting professor at Rutgers, Yale, Drew, Northwestern, and Princeton universities and at Union Theological Seminary, where he is also an adjunct professor.
He has been a visiting professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a visiting professor at Yale Divinity School.

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