Is Obama a Christian?
Relating back to my first post, it depends on what test one uses. Obama calls himself a “Christian.” So for identificatory purposes he is one.
But that’s not the only test for “what is a Christian?” Every single American President considered (or probably considered) himself a “Christian” for identificatory purposes. But there are stricter standards.
David Kopel argues Obama qualifies as a “mere Christian” here.
Joe Carter disagrees and argues his faith is closer to some kind of Unitarianism. What I like about Carter is he doesn’t try to claim the key Founders as “Christian.”
But Joe Farah does. And yet, Farah also argues Obama is not a “Christian.”
What follows is an email I sent to Mr. Farah on his article:
While I can’t say whether Obama is a “Christain” (he is under certain understandings of the term and is not under others) I can say that BHO offers more evidence from his own mouth of believing in orthodox Christian minimums (for instance, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ) than George Washington or James Madison did.
I use Washington and Madison as examples because there are questions on what they exactly believed. They left fewer “smoking guns” than either John Adams or Thomas Jefferson, both of whom, without question flunk “mere Christianity.” Not just Jefferson, but Adams too, bitterly rejected orthodox Trinitarian doctrine.