Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity from Our Presidential Candidates by Stephen Mansfield

Category: religion and spirituality, religion, politics and state, church and state
Publisher: Baker Books
Release Date: February 2, 2016
My Rating: 4 stars


For most of American history, the conventional wisdom was that religion was too private a matter to ask a political candidate about. But in a political landscape in which we will see Muslims, atheists, Mormons, Buddhists, and Christians of all stripes running for high office, we cannot afford to avoid religious questions. It's within American voters' rights to know what their candidates believe about God and religion, because those beliefs shape policy and thus action. In both small and significant ways, a candidate's religious views (or lack thereof) define political leadership. And the time for skirting the question or giving vague answers is over.

In this rousing call to action, Stephen Mansfield shows readers
- what religion will mean in the 2016 presidential race
- how the media, both left and right, get religion wrong
- the reasons the faith of candidates such as JFK, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama caused issues with both the electorate and even their own advisors
- how to ask the right questions to get honest answers
- what giving candidates a "religious pass" can cost the country
- how religion in American politics impacts America's role in the world
- and more

Frustrated and confused voters across the country and on both sides of the aisle will find here a balanced and essential guidebook to actively and intelligently participating in America's political system.


Unfortunately, I’m behind the eight-ball on this review as the 2016 presidential elections are now in the bag, but it is never too late to learn. Time flies by and the next presidential election will be here before you know it. Ask the Question is a valuable read for all American citizens and one that I recommend.  It is our civil right to vote and as believers, who to vote for isn’t always a black and white decision.  Stephen Mansfield provides clear and understandable information to help a voter know what the right questions are and how to ask them of a candidate. 

Ask the Question is not a Christian text.  I do not know what Stephen Mansfield's religion is, but that's not the point. He doesn't ask us to follow any specific religion but to understand each specific religion.  Mansfield is not asking us to become religious.  He is asking that Americans choose to educate themselves on the major world religions.  He is asking that Americans be taught about the world’s religions in our schools.  Understanding world religions and their impact upon events both small and large can provide a greater understanding of the values and priorities held by a candidate.  Understanding the answers given by a candidate in regards to religion is paramount to understanding how our country will be affected by their leadership.  This knowledge will inform our decisions at the election booth.  

I encourage you to invest seriously in your right to vote.  Ask the Question is a valuable tool that you can use in order to inform your understanding of a candidate's values and beliefs and how those will affect their leadership in the highest seat of our government.

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.

books by Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, The Faith of Barack Obama, and Lincoln's Battle with God, among other works of history and biography. Founder of The Mansfield Group, a research and publishing firm, he is also an in-demand speaker and consultant. He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly.