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Dec
07

What does he mean?

An excerpt from the Times Online. An opinion piece on the 2008 US Presidential race.

Here again, Obama, by virtue of generation and accident, bridges this deepening divide. He was brought up in a nonreligious home and converted to Christianity as an adult. But – critically – he is not born-again. His faith – at once real and measured – lives at the centre of the American religious experience. It is a modern, intellectual Christianity.

Converted to Christianity…but not born-again? Now what is that supposed to mean?

I guess we have to give allowances for the way non-Christians use theological language. But I just can’t escape the feeling that the phrase was rather unnecessary. Is it meant to insinuate that ‘born-again Christians’ are unintellectual and anti-modern?

I would characterize my conversion to Christianity as being ‘born-again’, and why is that in opposition to a thinking faith, the one that (Barack) Obama is deemed to have?

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