The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders Do God
A book exploring how different Christian politicians have used (and abused) religion in their politics.
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Alastair Campbell’s ‘We don’t do God’ is one of the most (mis)quoted sound bites of the age but, however much it might have been right concerning his political master (and therein lies a debate), it is certainly not true of all contemporary political leaders. Indeed, it is striking how many global political leaders are Christian believers and how far their faith shapes and is shaped by their politics – for better or for worse.
Our latest book, The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders Do God, looks at a range of Christian political leaders from the last thirty years and explores what their faith is and how it has informed their political values and agenda, priorities and rhetoric.
Listen to editor Nick Spencer discussing the book for the Church Times podcast. Playback from 11:55.
The Mighty and the Almighty collection covers major political figures of the past thirty years including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Goodluck Jonathan, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Ronald Reagan, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump.
Theos researches and investigates the intersection of religion, politics and society in the contemporary world.