Editor's Note: This article (publication date: October 28, 2019) is part of a series leading up to the 2020 presidential election highlighting the professed faith of several of the primary candidates, including Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Christian Headlines offers these faith summaries as a way of informing voters about the religious beliefs of the candidates.
A self-described secular Jew, Bernie Sanders has been described by some election watchers as one of the least religious presidential candidates since Abraham Lincoln, an ardent Bible reader who shunned organized religion. But trying to pigeon hole Sanders’ religious beliefs would be a mistake as his views—and messaging—are complicated, in part by his own hesitancy to discuss the matter.
Much of what we do know emanated from the 2016 election, in which he challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
Here are 5 things to know about Bernie Sanders’ faith:
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