John McCainPresidential candidate John McCain remains private about his religion.

By Jonathan Martin – Politico.com

Traversing the country this week on a tour of places that have shaped his life and informed his values, John McCain spoke in strikingly personal language to introduce himself to the American public.

But missing so far is any significant mention of religious faith.

In an Oprah Winfrey-era where soul-baring and expressions of faith are the norm for public figures, the presumptive Republican nominee, open and candid about much else, retains a shroud of privacy around his Christianity.

Raised Episcopalian, McCain now attends a Baptist megachurch in Phoenix. But he has not been baptized and rarely talks of his faith in anything but the broadest terms or as it relates to how it enabled him to survive 5 ½ years in captivity as a POW.

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20 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    I really think that John McCain would be a great president. His views on religion and church are exactly what this country needs to get back on track. Here is hoping to a big election win in November for Mr. McCain.

  2. Chris says:

    I really think that John McCain would be a great president. His views on religion and church are exactly what this country needs to get back on track. Here is hoping to a big election win in November for Mr. McCain.

  3. fred garvin says:

    I think it is ok the McCain does not talk a lot about religion. he is running for president and for me his faith is not as important as is his experience, political views, policies etc.

  4. fred garvin says:

    I think it is ok the McCain does not talk a lot about religion. he is running for president and for me his faith is not as important as is his experience, political views, policies etc.

  5. Ovidiu says:

    I do not think that such people like McCain are good for political business.
    They have one way of seeing things and do not accept other things. This people are not flexible and do not care about other feelings when it comes to religion.

  6. Ovidiu says:

    I do not think that such people like McCain are good for political business.
    They have one way of seeing things and do not accept other things. This people are not flexible and do not care about other feelings when it comes to religion.

  7. Jim Brown says:

    McCain's lack of clarity in his own personal, religious convictions strikes me as troubling, unlike the previous commenter. Inevitably, what one thinks about religious issues relates directly to what one thinks about other issues. To address "Fred"'s issues: McCain's view of salvation core-affects his view on Islamic religious violence. McCain's personal–but inherently religious–views on abortion have to be affected somewhat by his supposedly Christian faith. Finally, at least some of McCain's policies–such as the direction he takes the country on homosexual marriage–will be impacted by (his potential lack) of Christian faith. The Iraq war is really on my mind–it's on everyone's minds–but history writers judge the winners and losers inevitably on how well they honored the teaching of their holy books, and I want my grandkids to be proud of us.

  8. Jim Brown says:

    McCain's lack of clarity in his own personal, religious convictions strikes me as troubling, unlike the previous commenter. Inevitably, what one thinks about religious issues relates directly to what one thinks about other issues. To address "Fred"'s issues: McCain's view of salvation core-affects his view on Islamic religious violence. McCain's personal–but inherently religious–views on abortion have to be affected somewhat by his supposedly Christian faith. Finally, at least some of McCain's policies–such as the direction he takes the country on homosexual marriage–will be impacted by (his potential lack) of Christian faith. The Iraq war is really on my mind–it's on everyone's minds–but history writers judge the winners and losers inevitably on how well they honored the teaching of their holy books, and I want my grandkids to be proud of us.

  9. Marin says:

    Mc Cain is certainly a man with lot of faith, but the fonction he's looking for could not be dominated only by faith. his interest in his country and in the international politic must be higher than religion. He could be a good president, his ideas are respectable but the future will tell us if he will have enough punch to lead such a great country. Whatever happens, the road to the White House is still opened.

  10. Marin says:

    Mc Cain is certainly a man with lot of faith, but the fonction he's looking for could not be dominated only by faith. his interest in his country and in the international politic must be higher than religion. He could be a good president, his ideas are respectable but the future will tell us if he will have enough punch to lead such a great country. Whatever happens, the road to the White House is still opened.

  11. Larry Brown says:

    My concerns are in agreement with Jim Brown's comment. Mccain's religious views are very important. He seems to be too vague where he stands on certain issues. He should let his views be known.

  12. Larry Brown says:

    My concerns are in agreement with Jim Brown's comment. Mccain's religious views are very important. He seems to be too vague where he stands on certain issues. He should let his views be known.

  13. haldonker says:

    This is a good thing that politicians like McCain stay away from religious discussions. If a person like him takes a particular stand on any religion that would hurt his vote balance and would discourage many other people who follow him. I think other leaders should also learn a thing from him.

  14. haldonker says:

    This is a good thing that politicians like McCain stay away from religious discussions. If a person like him takes a particular stand on any religion that would hurt his vote balance and would discourage many other people who follow him. I think other leaders should also learn a thing from him.

  15. Tauna Sames says:

    I was raised never to speak of politics or religions with people I don't know. Everybody has their own opinions and quite often when somebody does voice their opinion, somebody's not going to like it. Those two topics always tend to start very heated debates. So it could be possible that he's avoiding conflict by not discussing religion. Smart man!

  16. Tauna Sames says:

    I was raised never to speak of politics or religions with people I don't know. Everybody has their own opinions and quite often when somebody does voice their opinion, somebody's not going to like it. Those two topics always tend to start very heated debates. So it could be possible that he's avoiding conflict by not discussing religion. Smart man!

  17. I think that McCain may be onto something with not making his religion a focal point of the campaign. After all, there are so many other issues that the American people want to hear about and it protects him from any adversity in regards to his specific religious practices. Overall, it could be one of his best campaign moves in my opinion.

  18. I think that McCain may be onto something with not making his religion a focal point of the campaign. After all, there are so many other issues that the American people want to hear about and it protects him from any adversity in regards to his specific religious practices. Overall, it could be one of his best campaign moves in my opinion.

  19. Mary says:

    I think it is OK to stay away from religion as a topic when campaigning. That said, however, people do want to be able to relate to the candidates and know if they are of like mind on a number of issues. It is helpful to have some idea of a candidate's beliefs, values, morals, etc.

  20. Mary says:

    I think it is OK to stay away from religion as a topic when campaigning. That said, however, people do want to be able to relate to the candidates and know if they are of like mind on a number of issues. It is helpful to have some idea of a candidate's beliefs, values, morals, etc.

 
 
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