Ben Carson has ranked as one of the top Republican presidential candidates in a field of over a dozen—a position that even the retired brain surgeon himself didn’t expect. At least, not without God leading the way, he said.

Even after a drop in a recent poll, Carson remains tied for third, behind Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.

A 64-year-old retiree with no political experience, Carson told Christianity Today that he never set out to run for president until supporters pushed him to consider politics. He said he heard from everyone from young parents concerned about their children to “elderly people who had given up on America and were just waiting to die” that they wanted him, an outsider, to lead.

“I finally just said, ‘Lord, all the pundits say that it’s impossible, that an outsider can’t do this, can’t raise money, can’t develop a national organization. If you want me to do this, you have to prove them wrong,’” said Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist who was featured in a 1991 issue of CT for his missional approach to medicine. “If you open the doors, I’ll walk through them. And if you don’t open the doors, I’ll sit out.”

Since then, the slow-spoken, squinting doctor has gone back and forth with another unlikely politician, billionaire mogul Donald Trump.

Days after his trip to visit refugee camps in Jordan, Ben Carson spoke to CT from the campaign trail in South Carolina.

What has your faith practice been like during these busy months of the campaign?

It hasn’t changed our routine. No matter where we are, we still start each day with prayer and Bible reading, and we end it the same way. I find myself ...

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