Jesus Christ's Superstar

Whereas past Evangelicals have railed against pop culture, Mike Huckabee glories in it. But can his act cross over?

Carlos Barria / Reuters

Mike Huckabee

In the popular and political mind, pop culture and conservative Christianity are separated like church and state. Britney, The Da Vinci Code and MTV are here; homeschooling, Left Behind and praise music are there. What God hath put asunder, let not man attempt to join.

So it's surprising—yet for reasons we'll get into, entirely sensible—that the candidate who has made the most effective use of pop culture in campaign 2008 is the former president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. Mike Huckabee, the bass-playing, weight-loss-book-writing, late-night-quipping, Chuck Norris--befriending pastor, has turned an easy facility with pop culture into free...

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