Putting Faith Into Action

The religious, meanwhile, must always ask themselves whether their political undertakings honor what the 20th century theologian Paul Tillich called their "ultimate concern." Putting faith into action can be a good thing so long as the true end of belief is not compromised or corrupted in the fire of battle....Such extremists are not Christians but pagans worshiping the gods of self-righteousness and violence rather than the Lord of history and love.

- Jon Meacham, "American Gospel," pg. 242