On November 2, the American electorate delivered a stinging rebuke to Pres. Barack Obama and the Democrats. According to a post-election survey conducted for the Faith and Freedom Coalition by Public Opinion Strategies, 32 percent of all voters were self-identified conservative Christians, and they cast 78 percent of their ballots for Republican candidates and only 20 percent for Democrats. Nearly 9 million more religious conservatives went to the polls than in the midterm elections four years ago.
Understanding the motivation of religious voters is therefore very important as we head toward 2012. In City of Man, Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner, two veterans of the George W. Bush White House, provide a thoughtful take on the intersection of faith and politics. The authors are devout Christians who have spent decades laboring in the vineyards of public policy. They offer a theology of Christian civic engagement suffused with practicality and informed by prudence. They acknowledge that much of the social-conservative agenda remains unachieved, but credit Christian activists with advancing what Pope John Paul II called “a culture of life,” and thwarting the triumph of secular liberalism.