Issues of faith and religion come to the forefront quite often during elections and presidential campaigns. In preparation for the 2012 elections, I'm providing a "faith snapshot" of each of the presidential candidates. This project will be updated as I find additional faith-related statements from the candidates. Please check back often!
Ron Paul's Political Profile:
Gettysburg College, B.A.
Duke University School of Medicine, M.D.
Current Position: U.S. Representative, Texas
Experience: Surgeon, Obstetrician, Gynecologist, U.S. Representative, Texas
Declared Candidacy: May 13, 2011
Ron Paul's Faith Snapshot:
Ron Paul was raised by Lutheran parents and attended the Lutheran Church regularly during his childhood. Before deciding to pursue a medical career, for a short time Paul considered becoming a Lutheran minister. Two of Ron's brothers, David and Jerrold, are Lutheran ministers. While in college Ron Paul was married to Carol Wells an Episcopalian, and together they baptized their five children in this denomination.
Ron Paul's Expressions of Faith:
In his statement of faith, Ron Paul writes, "My faith is a deeply private issue to me, and I don’t speak on it in great detail during my speeches because I want to avoid any appearance of exploiting it for political gain. Let me be very clear here: I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I endeavor every day to follow Him in all I do and in every position I advocate."