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It looks like Dan Gilgoff has more or less come around to my position on Warren’s inauguration invocation. I think he’s quite right to suggest that Warren wanted to have it both ways–gesturing at inclusivity while sacrificing nothing to exclusivity. I do not presume to see into Warren’s true intentions–his heart, so to say–but it does seem to me that 1) Warren has demonstrated a pattern of wanting to appeal to larger audiences without doing anything to give his evangelical homeboys any theological basis for criticizing him; and 2) in this case, the evangelical folks who concern themselves with missions to Jews and Muslims would have gotten the message exactly. From what I can tell, there have been no objections from the right to Warren’s prayer, and that should tell you something.

  • Rob Winslow

    The undercurrent of the absolutist evangelicals “knowing best and knowing the truth” will be with us for a long time; so expect the nods to the ingroup of the “saved” with theological buzz words and concepts from any and all of their benighted representatives who speak publicly as if they were representative of all Americans.