I mentioned E.J. Dionne’s new book, Souled Out when I got my copy, but let me recommend the ongoing discussion of the book over at TPM Cafe. It’s one of the most interesting “faith and politics” discussions I’ve seen. Read Alexia Kelley here and you’ll see a side of the “religious left” that strikes me as a bit creepy and illiberal (“It is particularly tempting for people who are privileged to have a seat at important tables to forget that our task is nothing less than making God’s kingdom real”) but also extraordinarily powerful in its vision. But you’ve also got your brass-tacks election analysis about the relevance of religion to people’s voting patterns, and the need for any viable political coalition to engage with that aspect of people’s lives.