Amy Sullivan, contributing writer at Time and author of The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap, discuss her USA Today column, “Let’s put ‘Christ’-mas in its Place,” published last week. Asserting that conservatives are fighting the wrong “war on Christmas,” Amy’s article argues that what we should be doing is taking the Christ OUT of Christmas.  

Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches Senior Editor, bring us insights into the issues of religion and politics in the final days before the Iowa caucuses. Listen into a lively discussion ranging from Gov. Rick Perry’s controversial “Obama’s war on religion” campaign ad to the roots of Newt Gingrich’s rise in the polls and the possibility of the existence of a secret evangelical group bent on defeating Gov. Mitt Romney.  

Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor, on her recently released memoir about her year-long experiment to learn more about religion and spirituality by pursuing 12 different spiritual challenges, including observing the Sabbath, abstaining from meat and following St. Benedict’s rules for hospitality. Jana tells us what was most difficult for her and how her experiment made a lasting impact on her life.  

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