One of my main purposes of this site is to unite people of all faiths into a common ground of understanding through uplifiting dialogue online. I feel that slowly and surely we’re all beginning to come together as people of faith. One example of this is the recent forum at Notre Dame entitled “Conviction and Compromise: Being a Person of Faith in a Liberal Democracy”. At this forum, they had a few Christian leaders from various denominations,including: Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville; Rabbi David Saperstein, director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Rick Warren, founding pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California; and Rev. Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, and a Mormon apostle (Dallin Oaks, pictured in the middle).
The discussion surrounded the role religion should play in our political decisions.
I thought it would be interesting to see how readers of this blog feel about the issue and thought we could have a panel of our own.
I will share the questions asked at the forum to each of the religious leaders. When you leave a comment, share with us your religious affiliation and then answer the questions.
Panel Discussion Questions (as taken from the Notre Dame forum)
- How can people of faith reconcile religious conviction with politics, which is often described as the “art of compromise”?
- Should voters take a candidate’s religion into account when casting their ballot?
- How should elected officials apply their faith when making policy?
- How does religious diversity affect our national understanding of religion’s role in both politics and government?