Ryan Lizza has written a thoroughly unflattering article about Michele Bachmann for The New Yorker titled “Leap of Faith: The Making of a Republican Front-runner.” The article takes a close look at her Christianity as a key to understanding her candidacy. He writes:
Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians. Her campaign is going to be a conversation about a set of beliefs more extreme than those of any American politician of her stature, including Sarah Palin, to whom she is inevitably compared.
Christian readers will be interested to learn that among the dangerous and subversive figures to influence Bachmann are Francis Schaeffer and Nancy Pearcey. Regardless of what you think of this candidate, it is worthy of note how Christian conviction is portrayed as “extreme” in this article. Read the rest here.