The Martin Marty Center is the Divinity School’s institute for advanced research in all fields of the academic study of religion.
Through its seminars, research projects, conferences, and publications, the Marty Center fosters interdisciplinary research on religion by University of Chicago faculty and graduate students, in cooperation with affiliated scholars from around the world.
God in the 2015-2016 Presidential Debates: Using American Civil Religion and Public Religion to Win Party Delegates
by Michele Ferris
"According to the formal political process in America, in order to be elected the President of the United States, a candidate needs electoral votes, which ideally reflect the desires of the American voting public. A recent Pew Research survey of a representative sample of voters discovered that 51% of adults “would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who does not believe in God.” In addition, 51% of adults say it is “very important” or “somewhat important” to have “someone in the White House who shares their religious perspective."