The Death of Sen. Mark Hatfield

One of my heroes as a young Christian has passed away: Senator Mark Hatfield (August 7). Wes Granberg-Michaelson has a fine obituary in the current Christian Century. Thanks to David Jacobson for pointing this out, and for indicating the following important paragraph from the article:

Yet Hatfield was wary of attempts to use religion to give a patina of righteousness to political power. Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1973, with President Nixon on one side and Billy Graham on the other, he said, “If we as leaders appeal to the god of civil religion, our faith is in a small and exclusive deity, a loyal spiritual Adviser to power and prestige, a Defender of only the American nation, the object of a folk religion devoid of moral content.” Speaking against the backdrop of Vietnam, Hatfield said that “we must turn in repentance from the sin that scarred our national soul.” Few of his speeches received such widespread attention as this one did. His prophetic words touched many people—and solidified his position on President Nixon’s “enemies list.”

5 Responses to “The Death of Sen. Mark Hatfield”

  1. Clay Knick says:

    Browsing through the seminary library I came upon one of his books. I had heard of him, but had not read anything by him yet. So glad I did.

  2. MJG says:

    Good–a great man of God!

  3. Clay Knick says:

    As I said, this was many years ago, browsing in the seminary library. I remember the book now, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.”

  4. T says:

    Dr. Gorman,

    There’s a conversation at Jesus Creed concerning war, islam, Christianity, etc., prompted by what looks like a great book. I think of you whenever I see these issues arise. I hope you can come by and participate as Scot goes through the book.

  5. Clay Knick says:

    Camp’s book is great. Finished it last week.

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