It’s been called the “God Gap”- the common perception that Republicans and conservative leaders are more grounded in religion than their liberal counterparts. With the election of Barack Obama, progressives are now boasting a leader who speaks openly about faith and social justice. But some of his early moves are stirring intense internal debate and dissent. From controversy over Inauguration prayers to the future of the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, we examine debates within the “religious left”.


  • Amy Sullivan Senior editor, Time; author "The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap" (Scribner)
  • Rev. Paul Raushenbush Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University; moderator of the "Progressive Revival" blog at

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