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When I Say 'go,' Start Reciting Your Favorite Psalm

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Call it the Rick Warren Test for 2008 hopefuls. This from a Salon story on a joint Brownback-Obama appearance at the famously purpose-driven Saddleback Church:

Brownback recited Psalm 100 from memory and pulled a well-worn Bible from his coat pocket to read the story of Lazarus. Obama followed by quoting from Corinthians and saying that his Bible teaches him that "God sent his only Son to Earth ... to heal the sick and comfort the weary; to feed the hungry and to clothe the naked; to befriend the outcast and to redeem those who strayed from righteousness."

Oh, snap! Actually, though, I have to say Brownback won this bout: I can quote from Corinthians, and I'm a Jew. (Watch tnr.com in the next few days for Noam Scheiber's great take on the real deal behind Brownback's religiosity.) But I'd love to see how other hopefuls perform on the Rick Warren Test: From which book of Scripture would Hillary quote? Mitt Romney?

--Eve Fairbanks

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