Week of October 4, 2018

In this episode of TAB News, we are focusing on faith and politics and how they intersect.

Is it true that people of faith who most closely align with those described as conservative evangelicals are typically only supportive of the Republican party? And is it true that people of faith with a less conservative mindset — as well as people who don’t follow a faith at all — are typically only supportive of the Democratic Party?

We’ve heard countless reports stating these claims but if we stop and look around we all most likely know people who would shatter these stereotypes.

So how do faith and politics intersect in today’s world and how does this intersection impact us as people of faith?

Michele Margolis, a political scientist on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, will help us answer that question. She also tells us about her new book, “From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity,” which focuses on her research and findings that partisan identities can profoundly shape identification with and engagement in the religious sphere.

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