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View Diary: Why the "morals vote" didn't cost us the election. (281 comments)

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  •  It's a Protestant thang (none)
    I'm no expert, but I think it goes back to the Reformation. Luther's and Calvin's critique of the Catholic Church was that the faithful were encouraged to believe that they could "buy" their way into heaven via papal dispensations, purchased masses, good works, etc. Calvin went so far as to say that salvation or damnation of an individual was "predestined"--decided by God before the beginning of time.

    In the Great Awakenings of the 18th & 19th centuries this all gets softened into salvation based on a conversion experience--being reborn. But the basic prejudice remains: salvation is by faith and not works.

    Explain anything about why so many evangelicals seem so little interested in the poor and downtrodden?

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