John Danforth —
Conservative Politics and Moderate Religion

Politics driven by a religious agenda, Danforth says, is true neither to his understanding of Christian faith nor to the traditional values of the Republican party. This veteran politician speaks about the values that have helped him navigate the line between private faith and public life and his current concerns about religion in his own party and in the world.

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John Danforth

is an Episcopal priest and was an Ambassador to the United Nations. He served three terms as a Republican Senator and a special envoy to Sudan for President Bush. He's the author of Faith and Politics.

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In the Name of Politics

In 2005, Danforth wrote two op-ed articles for The New York Times, which garnered a lot of attention by calling Republicans to embrace the traditional political values of the party and to act with humility while doing so:

Onward, Moderate Christian Soldiers

by John Danforth
June 17, 2005

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas swears in former Republican U.S. Senator John Danforth as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on July 1, 2004. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas swears in former Republican U.S. Senator John Danforth as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on July 1, 2004. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

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