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Douthat and Sullivan on Religion

This video contains a fascinating discussion between NR film critic Ross Douthat and über-blogger Andrew Sullivan on various issues raised in Ross’s new book Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. A couple of highlights: Ross, a conservative and orthodox Catholic, explains why Mormons are Christians, despite some of their doctrines that are heretical from an orthodox Christian point of view. And in a discussion of proposals to amend the Constitution to forbid gay marriage, Sullivan indicates that this would be to change the Constitution to marginalize a certain group of people — and Ross asks, isn’t that exactly what happened in Roe v. Wade? Judges changed the Constitution to make the lives of certain unborn human beings unprotected and unprotectable, and basically declared the pro-life view unconstitutional. An excellent point.

The whole hour and twelve minutes is worth listening to, for anybody interested in religion in American life. (I also strongly recommend Ross’s book, if you haven’t read it yet.)

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