David Swartz gave a lecture at Gordon College last month entitled, “Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity,” in which he tells the story of a failed attempt to coalesce a movement in the mid-eighties and current thinkers who might signal a renewed opportunity for political engagement by Evangelicals. The Culture Wars have left many Evangelicals [...]
Let’s begin with an analogy. Picture, if you will, a meeting of the National Honor Society at Evangelical Christian Academy (school mascot: The Great Lion). These are the good kids. The teachers’ pets. They’re destined for greatness. But they’re having a disagreement.
On the one side is that ambitious if not somewhat exhausting, Rachel. She [...]
The marriage battle is over and everybody knows it, even Maggie Gallagher, even World, which nevertheless just dedicated part of a cover package to a small group of young evangelicals who have vowed to keep fighting. The dispersal of the troops continues to be a fascinating thing to watch, mostly because this [...]
Sometimes you realize you need to give a serious response to things that are wrong on the internet, and sometimes you realize all that needs to be said is: isn’t that the worst?
I can summarize the argument of this pointlessly long article in one sentence: In their effort to [...]
A weird thing happened the other day. As some old friends from college were considering catching a movie together, and emails were flying around in an effort to agree on one, a line in one of those emails made me laugh out loud, and then immediately get really sad.
“We’re trying to avoid Rated-R movies.”
One of the things that most powerfully affected my point of view as a young adult was discovering how deeply I had been deceived about the motives of various groups outside my religious community, especially “liberal elites,” which included journalists, university professors, scientists, government bureaucrats, all the typical bogeymen of the religious [...]
Yesterday we posted Adam Caress’ long response to my roundup of social conservatives’ reaction to their election loss, in which he responds to my claim—and that of the writers I quoted, who all self-identify as social conservatives—that social conservatives understand this year’s election as a defeat. He claims that I (and [...]
Given the ongoing economic recession in America, it should come as no surprise that the economy was far and away the leading issue for voters in the recent re-election of President Barack Obama. According to The Washington Post, an overwhelming 60 percent of voters said the economy was the biggest issue facing the country, [...]
I’m not sure how long I’ve been arguing that conservative evangelicals lost the culture war, but it’s been a while. Over time, I’ve realized that’s not exactly right; the culture war is much too complicated and entrenched to ever really be “over.” But we speak of it simply in terms of the religious right’s [...]
Apropos of our ongoing discussion of what religious political engagement should look like amid the culture wars, Conor Williams has made an effort at describing two different faith interacts with American politics. He calls these “ideological religion,” which would be your extreme religious partisan; and “dispositional religion,” which is theologically engaged but less [...]
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