Trump has taken positions at odds with traditional evangelical views, such as when he said he was "very pro-choice" on NBC's "Meet the Press" in 1999. Trump himself has described himself as a Presbyterian, and he was married in 2005 at an Episcopal church in Florida.
Brody: I understand a lot of people send you Bibles. Is that true?Trump: Well, I get sent Bibles by a lot of people.Brody: Where are all those Bibles?Trump: Actually, we keep them at a certain place. A very nice place. But people send me Bibles. And you know it's very interesting. I get so much mail, and because I'm in this incredible location in Manhattan, you can't keep most of the mail you get.There's no way I would ever throw anything, to do anything negative to a Bible, so what we do is we keep all of the Bibles.I would have a fear of doing something other than very positive, so actually I store them and keep them and sometimes give them away to other people, but I do get sent a lot of Bibles, and I like that. I think that's great.
There are, of course, many ways for politicians to respond to questions about faith. Some critics have argued, for example, that Huckabee's rejection of welfare for the poor is at odds with Christian teaching. Ohio Gov. John Kasich says his religion requires politicians to help those poverty.
"Now, when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor," he told reporters earlier this year. "You better have a good answer."
Trump also said in Thursday's interview that he'd be willing to raise taxes on the rich people such as himself. Although he didn't give a religious reason for wanting to do so, and he talked about helping the middle class rather than the poor, it's conceivable that some voters hear a note of Christian charity in this sentiment.
Trump's discussion of the Bible led to some commentary on Twitter under the hashtag #TrumpBible. Users speculated on how the gospel might read according to Trump.
Here are a few more excerpts from #TrumpBible.