Christopher A. Coons

Former divinity student Coons: Faith informs politics

WASHINGTON Pope Francis' focus on issues such as climate change, immigration and economic inequality is being credited with making religion more attractive for progressives around the world.

But there's always been room enough in Christianity, Sen. Chris Coons would argue, to balance a life of faith with concerns about the environment and social justice.

The Delaware Democrat graduated from Yale Divinity School, and while he'd be the first to admit he may not always be right, he's spent years poring over Scripture in both an academic sense and as a believer.

Coons knows the progressive/religious divide firsthand. While studying at Yale, he was shunned by...