An interview President Obama conducted in 2004 about his faith is getting a second look after being re-posted on a popular website, and it shows that on several major doctrinal issues — including sin, heaven and the Gospel’s exclusivity — he steps outside historic Christianity.
The one-hour interview by Cathleen Falsani was conducted when Obama was running for U.S. Senate, several months before he was introduced to the country during his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech. At the time, Falsani was a religion reporter for the Chicago-Sun Times. Although the interview formed part of a book (“The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People”), much of Obama’s answers were not included in it. She calls the interview the “longest and most in-depth he’s granted publicly about his faith,” and she made the transcript available at the popular Sojourners website in February.