My next column at Patheos is a response, in part to an essay at the New York Times website entitled “The New Evangelicals” by Marcia Pally. Pally has apparently written a book of the same name, which was released last month. To readers of Patrol, of course, the story of young, left leaning Christians constituting a kind of new evangelicalism is an old story and one that, frankly, doesn’t ring true for many of us. The question, which we’ve wrestled with several times here, is whether we can still be considered evangelicals. I argue not.
Here’s a bit of my column, which will be published later this week:
Those of us who left evangelicalism–and, according to recent Pew surveys there are plenty of us–find ourselves the objects of a process to be reabsorbed into evangelicalism. It’s been happening since at least 2007, in the run-up to the presidential election in 2008. Faced with the apparent splintering of young people from the evangelicalism of our parents’ generations, attempts were made to reassign us as members of a “new evangelicalism.” The problem was, we didn’t call ourselves evangelicals.
I’d love to hear some preliminary thoughts here, if anything strikes your fancy.
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