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Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee

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Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee

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Faith Snapshot:

Last Updated: 08/01/2008

Issues of faith and religion come to the forefront quite often during elections and presidential campaigns. In preparation for the primary elections, I thought it would be helpful to provide a "faith snapshot" of each of the 2008 presidential candidates. I have sent each candidate a brief questionnaire about their faith. This project will be continually updated as I receive responses and find additional faith-related statements from the candidates. Please check back often!

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Mike Huckabee's Political Profile:

On the Issues: Compare
Party: Republican
Age: 52
Education:
Ouachita Baptist University, B.A.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A.
Current Position: Candidate
Experience: Baptist Minister, Businessman, Governor of Arkansas
Declared Candidacy: Jan. 2007
Web site: Mike Huckabee.com

Mike Huckabee's Faith Snapshot:

Religion/Church: Southern Baptist

Mike Huckabee was raised in the Southern Baptist faith. Since his teenage years he felt a call to evangelical work. He earned a scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University where he received his bachelor's degree in religion in less than three years, and then went on to obtain a master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was during college that he began preaching on weekends. He went on to serve as a pastor for the next 12 years, first at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and then at Beech Street First Baptist in Texarkana, Arkansas.

In 1989, he demonstrated leadership in his denomination by becoming the youngest president in the history of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. But Huckabee left the pulpit to pursue public service in 1992, and became lieutenant governor of Arkansas in the special election of 1993 (after Bill Clinton was elected president). Huckabee took over as governor of Arkansas after Guy Tucker resigned in 1996. Being re-elected twice, he served as governor for 11 years.
Today Mike Huckabee is the member of a Baptist congregation called Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock. He also plays bass guitar for the worship band. Probably more than any of the candidates, Huckabee is the most outspoken about his faith.

Mike Huckabee's Expressions of Faith:

In a campaign ad, he calls himself a Christian leader. "Faith doesn't just influence me; it really defines me." And at the California Republican debate, Huckabee said, "I tell people up front, 'My faith does affect my decision process.' It explains me. No apology for that. My faith says, 'Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you...'"

Mike Huckabee & the Bible:

Huckabee said at the CNN/YouTube Debate that the Bible is "the Word of revelation to us from God Himself ... you either believe it or you don't believe it." He went on to say, "There are parts of it I don't fully comprehend and understand, but I'm not supposed to. Because the Bible is the revelation of an infinite God, and no finite person is ever gonna fully understand it. If they do, their God is too small."

When asked by Newsweek reporter Holly Bailey,"Do you believe the Bible is inerrant?" Huckabee responded, "I believe it is. There are some things in the Bible that were clearly intended to be figurative: 'If the eye offends thee, go pluck it out.' Did Jesus mean that we were supposed to take our fingertips, reach deep into our eye and pull it out if we see something we don't think we should see? Obviously not. "Inerrant" means if you follow the direction of the Bible, it will not lead you into error.

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More Faith Snapshots:

Democrats

Hillary Clinton - United Methodist
Barack Obama - United Church of Christ
John Edwards - United Methodist
Bill Richardson - Roman Catholic
Mike Gravel - Unitarian Universalist
Dennis Kucinich - Roman Catholic

Republicans

Rudy Giuliani - Roman Catholic
Mitt Romney - Mormon
Fred Thompson - Church of Christ
John McCain - Christian
Duncan Hunter - Southern Baptist
Ron Paul - Baptist

Complete List of 2008 Presidential Candidates

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