Religion: Politics and Conscience

Either Christ was God and Savior and Lord or he wasn't; and if he were, then he had to have all my time, all my devotion, all my life.

The words sound almost as if they could have been spoken by the Apostle Paul himself. They are, rather, the words of a U.S. Senator, Oregon's Mark O. Hatfield. In a straightforward new book, Conflict and Conscience (Word Books; $4.95), Republican Hatfield explains how his conservative Protestant theology* has impelled him to become one of his party's leading liberals.

Most of the book is a collection of speeches and writings by Hatfield over the...

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