Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square

Bill Haslam | 2021
Posted in: Bridging Divides
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Stumbled across this book when I discovered the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.
Haslam is a co-chair along with Samar Ali and noted presidential historian Jon Meacham.  Some of this book is fluffy memoir that can be skimmed, but there is sufficient substance here to confront and perhaps overturn “deep blue” stereotypes of a white evangelical Republican governor of a Southern state.  He makes a good argument that Christian faith can be a moderating and even a progressive force in promoting justice and equality, and in healing national wounds.