Religion: Christianity & Democracy

Modern democracy has its roots deep in religion. But religion is not necessarily a force for democracy; organized Christianity, in fact, has spent a good deal of time and energy on the opposite side of the fence.

To investigate this relationship between faith and politics, a small group of Protestant churchmen met at the close of World War II under the leadership of Methodist Dr. John R. Mott and Presbyterian Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin. They decided to begin by commissioning a history of the subject, to be prepared by Church Historian James Hastings Nichols, associate professor of the history of Christianity at...

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