The Common Good
S. Matthew Santoro, M.A.

Matthew Santoro

Matthew has been actively engaged in the intersection of religion and politics throughout his entire life. Raised in the United Church of Christ, he became deeply interested in Biblical studied during his adolescence, when his mother received the call and entered seminary to become a full-time minister.

At Oberlin College, Matthew was a Capstone Scholar of Religion, with a focus on Biblical studies and early Christian thought.  He also studied Law & Society and Politics, seeking to understand the way people's faith and values affected their personal politics and voting behavior.  At American University, Matthew received his Master's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Applied Politics, continuing his mission of understanding the relationship between values and civics generally, with special attention to the intersection of faith and political attitudes.

Blog Posts by Matthew Santoro

Posted by Matthew Santoro 2 years 49 weeks ago
Are you a Christian who spends a lot of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of Jeff Bethke. Bethke, aka bball1989, is a spoken word poet whose rhymes and videos are capturing the attention of...
Posted by Matthew Santoro 2 years 49 weeks ago
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? – Isaiah 58:6 (NRSV)A pervasive criticism...
Posted by Matthew Santoro 2 years 50 weeks ago
After a poor performance last night’s Iowa Caucus — with a sixth place finish and only 6 percent of the evangelical vote — U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann announced earlier today that she is suspending...
Posted by Matthew Santoro 3 years 1 day ago
hitting the snooze button. It’s time for the church to wake up! According to a Laura Sessions Stepp at CNN.com,...
Posted by Matthew Santoro 3 years 5 weeks ago
up, students! Under the guise of taking steps to protect against “voter fraud,” some lawmakers may be making it more...