Taking a Leap of Faith

Gore joins the choir, saying that faith has a role in public life. How did the idea go mainstream?

Al Gore has been sounding positively soulful lately. Yes, that Al Gore. In campaign appearances the former divinity student talks about the struggle between good and evil, and invokes Jesus Christ's parable of the sower to explain how media violence subverts children. In New Hampshire, Gore compared the alienation of Cain--the first murderer--with the forces that drove two teenagers to commit the same sin in Colorado. He mused to a Washington Post columnist that society has finally reached "the end of a 400-year period of allergy to faith."

Call it the Gospel According to Al. Last week the Vice President added...

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