one-nation-under-godIn One Nation Under God, Chris Pappalardo and I address such questions as:

  • If the Bible is the “true story of the whole world,” how does politics fit into that story?
  • As Christians, how should we view the relationship between religion and politics, and between church and state?”
  • Is the gospel merely a private truth that is hidden in our hearts, or is it also a public truth that affects public life?
  • What are the most appropriate and effective ways to live out our Christianity in public, especially when most of the people around us disagree with our evangelical convictions?
  • What are some basic biblical principles that will help us get a handle on public policy issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, the economy, the environment, race relations, immigration, and war?

In sum, we believe that it is possible to be passionate about the gospel and at the same time be passionate about politics and public life. In fact, it is not only possible but commendable.

If you are a Christian who wants to relate your faith to politics but don’t know how, this is the book for you.



“What does faithful Christian political witness look like in post-Christian America? Ashford and Pappalardo provide a sound, sober, and Gospel-guided answer, which is exactly what we need today.”

-R. R. Reno, Editor, First Things

“During my time as an evangelical pastor, I urged my congregation to take their faith seriously and to live lives of moral clarity. Then, during the more than a decade I spent as Governor of Arkansas, my leadership aim was the same–to provide moral clarity, character, and conviction. This impressive book invites Christians to approach politics with both courage and compassion, in the hope that we can once again call ourselves one nation, under God. Most importantly, it offers something that’s in short supply in politics these days–hope.”

Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, Baptist pastor, bestselling author, candidate for U.S. President

“One Nation Under God is a thoughtful, readable primer on Christian political engagement. This book is rooted firmly in biblical authority and gospel depth. Anyone seeking to make sense out of the Christian’s place in the civic order will benefit.”

-Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

“Again and again I nodded my head with a hearty “yes” to Ashford and Pappalardo’s vision of Christian political engagement. And in those places I would have expected to shake my head “no,” they challenged me to stop and rethink. Anyone interested in the topic should read this book.”

Jonathan Leeman, Editorial director of 9Marks journal

“Years of over-dependence on political activism has left most Christians timid to engage in the political process. Now, more than ever, we need a positive, proactive vision for how to live out the gospel to the public square. Ashford and Pappalardo give us a masterfully constructed blueprint for doing so.”

J. D. Greear, Ph.D., Pastor of The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham

“In this highly readable and insightful book, Bruce Ashford offers wisdom for all of us who know that all that we do–in public and in private–takes place “under God.” And we can be thankful that he goes beyond generalities to speak in helpful and practical ways to some of the pressing issues that require much Christian discernment these days!”

Richard J. Mouw, President Emeritus, Professor of Faith & Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary

Links to Interviews and Reviews

If you are interested in some brief interviews and reviews of the book, consider: