Donald Trump's election last November was the culmination of a venom-filled campaign that was nastier than almost any in recent memory. Mean-spirited comments fell just shy of the malicious rhetoric coming from Thomas Jefferson's presidential campaign in 1796. Jefferson's hatchet-man called John Adams a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."
And this was in a society steeped in religion. Like it or not, America today is an increasingly secular society. How can secularists navigate conflict without guidance from a higher power?
Tom Krattenmaker says Jesus is the answer to our biggest conundrums. Forget about the religion. Jesus can teach secularists how to live a meaningful life without the context of Christianity. Not everyone agrees.
- Tom Krattenmaker - USA Today contributing columnist, writing on religion in public life and author of three books, most recently, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers In Jesus For Those Who Don't Believe
- Brian Clark - Faculty Associate in World Christianity and Director of Online Learning at Hartford Seminary
- Susan Campbell - Distinguished Lecturer in Communications at University of New Haven and author of Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl and Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired December 21, 2016.