Palin’s religion: ‘Bible-believing Christian’

The Pew Forum has put up its “religious biography” of Sarah Palin.

6372c71a6fba468996d748fcd52a9400.jpgApparently, she was baptized as a Roman Catholic when she was an infant, but was re-baptized in her former Assemblies of God church as an adult.

Here’s some more:

Wasilla Assembly of God’s website says Palin attended the church until 2002. Media reports have connected Palin with several churches since then, including Juneau Christian Center, which has a pentecostal history; The Church on the Rock, a nondenominational, evangelical congregation; and Wasilla Bible Church, a nondenominational, evangelical church where the Palins’ baby, Trig, was recently part of a dedication ceremony in which parents ask for a congregation’s help to raise their child as a Christian.

A spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign has said Palin attends different churches and does not consider herself a pentecostal. Shortly before her surprise selection as McCain’s running mate, Time magazine asked Palin what her religion is. Palin responded, “Christian.” When asked if she was any particular type of Christian, she answered, “No. Bible-believing Christian.”

Sarah Palin the ‘post-denominationalist’

Sarah Palin gets the big stage tonight.

If you’re still wondering about her religious background and beliefs, the best analysis I’ve come across is from Catholic analyst John Allen.

e1cf45956fa54ff48999421997fd2d5b.jpgNo, Palin is not Catholic. But Allen puts in perspectives Palin’s lack of a clear denominational identity. Yes, she attended an Assemblies of God church, but no, she does not consider herself a Pentecostal.

Allen writes:

Instead, Palin appears to be part of that rapidly expanding galaxy of “post-denominational” Christianity, where elements of Evangelical and Pentecostal styles of faith and worship fuse into a myriad of unique local combinations, and where old denominational loyalties are essentially dead.


Palin’s nomination, therefore, does not simply mark a breakthrough for women, or for western states. She also puts a face on the fastest-growing and most dynamic segment of global Christianity these days – even if it’s proving difficult for journalists and political handicappers to get their minds around.

And from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes…

hp8-29-08d.jpgSo, it’s Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate.

I found a profile from the Anchorage Daily News from way back in 2006, when Palin was a largely unknown candidate for governor of Alaska.

It included this:

Palin’s parents say they are not political and don’t know how she decided to turn her ambition and work ethic toward politics. Her Christian faith, they say, came from her mother, who took her children to area Bible churches as they were growing up (Sarah is the third of four siblings). They say her faith has been steady since high school, when she led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and grew stronger as she sought out believers in her college years.

Palin doesn’t brandish her religion on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t prevent others from doing so. After she was first elected mayor, her predecessor, John Stein, objected that a Valley cable TV program had hailed her as Wasilla’s first “Christian mayor.” In a column for the local newspaper, he named eight previous mayors and added that he, too, was a Christian, despite a name that led some voters to suspect “I must be a non-Christian, have non-Christian blood or at least have sympathized with a non-Christian sometime in my career.”

We will certainly hear a lot about her strong pro-life record — and about her fifth child, who has Down Syndrome.

In April, reported:

As many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, but Alaska Gov, Sarah Palin didn’t let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child this week and the baby was diagnosed with the condition.

On Tuesday, Palin confirmed her baby, named Trig Paxson, has Down syndrome.

“Trig is beautiful and already adored by us,” Palin said in a statement obtained.