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Dennis Austin Britton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257140

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257140.001.0001

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A Political Afterlife of a Theology of Race and Conversion

(p.173) Afterword
Becoming Christian

Dennis Austin Britton

Fordham University Press

The afterword considers a legacy of the Reformation’s theology of race and its skepticism towards religious converts in American politics. It suggests that although the questions about President Barack Obama religious identity—whether he is Muslim or Christian—which circulated during his presidential campaigns were politically motivated, they arise from widely held assumptions about the intersections or race, lineage, and geographical origins. These assumptions have an origin in Reformation theology.

Keywords:   American politics, presidential campaigns, religious identity, race, Reformation theology

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