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Gods and Presidents

Over on Touchstone’s blog, David Mills slices and dices a Newsweek report that badly misreads the effect President Bush’s Christian faith has on the way he approaches his the war on terror. It’s yet another simplistic error of the sort that’s constantly being made by journalists who seem not to know any religious believers, to say nothing of religious teaching. Says Mills: “For the writer to miss this because he does not know Christian theology is to miss something rather important about the man he is writing about, and attempting (or pretending) to explain. … This helps explain why the characters in Gods and Generals are so foreign to these people. Note to Newsweek’s editors: if you want your writers to understand George Bush, make them watch Gods and Generals till they know how those men thought and felt.”


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