Andrew Sullivan talked to Presidential Candidate Barrack Obama for an upcoming peice in the Atlantic:
AS: This is I think one of the more (to me at least), the most interesting part of your candidacy. Because we live in a world in which atheism – militant, contemptuous atheism – is on the rise. Religious fundamentalism is clearly the strongest force. Your faith – this thought-through intellectual faith, in many ways, but also a communal faith – is beleaguered, isn’t it?
BO: You know, it doesn’t get a lot of play these days. But, you know, reading Niebuhr, or Tillich or folks like that—those are the people that sustain me. What I believe in is overcoming – but not eliminating – doubt and questioning. I don’t believe in an easy path to salvation. For myself or for the world. I think that it’s hard work, being moral. It’s hard work being ethical. And I think that it requires a series of judgments and choices that we make every single day. And part of what I want to do as president is open up a conversation in which we are honestly considering our obligations – towards each other. And obligations towards the world.
AS: But you don’t think we’re ever going to be saved on this earth do you?
BO: No. I think it’s a … we’re a constant work in progress. I think God put us here with the intention that we break a sweat trying to be a little better than we were yesterday.