The Times posed that question to 11 respected and "knowledgeable outside contributors" to discuss the issue in its online "Room for Debate" feature. The responses covered a wide range of thought and insight.
As the dialogue about religion becomes a larger part of national politics, and may continue to be for years to come, the New York Times declared it is fair to ask: "If politicians say their religion guides them, and influential ministers have a litmus test for candidates' 'biblical values' . . . which politicians espouse policies that align with Christianity?"
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