In “The Soul of an American President: The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Faith,” authors Alan Sears and Craig Osten tell readers about an often overlooked component of Eisenhower’s life. (Photo: MPI/Getty Images)

This week, The Heritage Foundation hosted events that delved into the faith lives of two fascinating Americans: President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

On Monday, June 17, Heritage hosted Alan Sears and Craig Osten, coauthors of “The Soul of an American President: The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Faith.”

While there have been many biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower that focus on his military career or the time of his presidency, none explores the important role faith played both in his personal life and in his public policy. This, despite the fact that he is the only U.S. president to be baptized as a Christian while in office. “The Soul of an American President” portrays Eisenhower as a man whose faith was based in his own sincere personal conviction, not simply a sense of political expediency or social obligation.

Watch the event here or listen to it on the Heritage Events podcast.

This week on Heritage’s “SCOTUS 101” podcast, host Elizabeth Slattery, who works at Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, spoke with Christopher Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, about their book, “On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer.”

Antonin Scalia reflected deeply on matters of religion and shared his insights with many audiences over the course of his remarkable career. As a Supreme Court justice for three decades, he vigorously defended the American constitutional tradition of allowing religion a prominent place in the public square. As a man of faith, he recognized the special challenges of living a distinctively religious life in modern America, and he inspired other believers to meet those challenges. “On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer” gathers the wisdom and practical advice of Justice Scalia for living a life of faith in America.

Watch the event here or listen to it on the SCOTUS 101 podcast.

As we focus on the faith of great Americans like President Eisenhower and Justice Scalia, which contemporary public servants do you feel are living out their faith?

Comments (8)

Robert Kelso - June 21, 2019

Russel Voght, Dir OMB

William Coates - June 21, 2019

Vice-president Pence and Rep. Gohmert.

Carole S Denner - June 21, 2019

What leaders are living out their faith? VP Mike Pence!

Elisabeth Culp - June 21, 2019

I believe sincerely that our Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen are living out their faith in the Trinity as fully as possible. I am familiar with VP Pence’s leadership skills in Congress years ago, in a popular radio program in Indiana, and now in his current role. He and Karen seek the Lord’s wisdom in all they do.

Sherry - June 22, 2019

President Trump, although a baby Christian, is living out his faith as he strives to do the Lord’s will for our country and world in general.

Leila Langston - June 23, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence for sure. And President Trump too, in policy, though not always on Twitter!

Connie Garate - June 24, 2019

Miike Lee UT (R)
Several books on the Constitution and founding fathers

Chris Milord - June 24, 2019

There are a number of Congressional members who are living their faith. Moreover, Cabinet officials such as Ben Carson and Mr. Pompeo practice faith based principle. In the Judiciary, Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Roberts and Thomas appear to be applying the rule of law and practicing their faith. VP Mike Pence’s life is guided by spiritual values.

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