An Interview With Charles ColsonCharles Colson was one of the principal White House aides to former President Nixon. His reputation is probably best represented by the statement attributed to him that he would be willing to walk over his grandmother (as depicted on our cover) to ensure Nixon’s election. Although, as is often the case with famous quotes, he really didn’t say it, he admits that his attitude was such that he could have—speaking figuratively. In his new book, Born Again (distributed by Revell), Colson recounts the story of his conversion to Christ, and the events in his life in earlier and later years that prepared for it. He also tells of his subsequent prison experiences. Christianity Today’seditors interviewed Colson recently and here is the edited distillation.

Question. You are traveling around quite a bit now, and with the publication of your book you will probably keep doing so. How do you sense the mood of the country?

Answer. My basic concern is that you have in this country today a widespread apathy and disenchantment. A feeling on the part of the people that as individuals they can’t do anything. What we are living with is the result of a decade of frustration over war, Watergate, riots, domestic dissent, turmoil, and a period of about twenty-five years or more in this country in which people have had steadily inflated expectations of what government can do for them. Each time around they are disappointed. As long as people are looking to a man or a group of men to provide the leadership, they are going to be disappointed. There are Christians who seem to say, “If only we had a Christian in the White House we would solve all our problems.” Well, I think that is nonsense. It is false to think that the ...

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