Evangelicals Change and Make Changes

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When Will Herberg wrote the canonical book Protestant-Catholic-Jew in the mid-fifties, Evangelicals appeared to be marginal at best. In recent decades they make the news more often and they are more exploited by and influential among politicians and public life than are the many breeds of Protestants. Let’s look in on the Evangelicals.

  • manaen

    “The main organized resistance comes from some—by-no-means-all—African American pastors, some of them allied with Catholic leaders (whose church members are also changing).”

    I claim some of the credit for hewing to God’s word for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We Mormons also have been instrumental in defending biblical standards of sex practices and family.

  • Onceacowboy

    Actually, in Duck Soup, it was Chico who said “Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?” Granted, he was impersonating Groucho when he said it.

  • As an evangelical, I don’t see climate change as an issue of rereading Scripture at all. While there may be some differences between what Marty terms “old-school scripturists” and contemporary evangelicals, I don’t think it’s an issue of rereading Scripture. Doctrines of creation and stewardship have been there all along and he hasn’t made much of a case for change in this regard.

    On immigration, is it possible that the WSJ doesn’t really know what evangelicals have believed and do believe? Certainly the biblical concern for strangers, exiles, etc. is strong, and maybe this was not prominent in the praxis of some evangelicals, but that doesn’t mean that evangelicalism is rethinking immigration. There have been numerous first-generation evangelical churches for years that are fed by immigration.

    Third, there isn’t much rereading or thinking on same-sex marriage either, as MM admits. Not only evangelicals and catholics stand together on this, as it noted above, so do Mormons (decidedly outside the mainstream since they are not Trinitarian Christians), and Muslims.