The New Breed of Evangelicals

The New York Times has an article today about the “new breed” of evangelicals. Predictably, the article suggests that:

The new breed of evangelical leaders — often to the dismay of those who came before them — are more likely to speak out about more liberal causes like AIDS, Darfur, poverty and global warming than controversial social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

I think this line represents as much wishful thinking as it does reporting. The rest of the article bears out the fact that the life-issue still remains at the top of the list of policy priorities for evangelicals. I don’t expect that to change anytime soon, no matter what Rick Warren and Bill Hybels do.

3 Responses to The New Breed of Evangelicals

  1. Debbie May 21, 2007 at 11:00 am #

    Denny,

    I remember when Dr Criswell told Rick Warren he would have a special ministry. Not only that, but that was the focus of the Moral Majority by Falwell

  2. jerry bishop May 22, 2007 at 7:00 am #

    I see it differently. Even a number of Europeans have recognized how the deemphasis upon personal sin in the “megachurch” or seeker friendly movement is having an impact on politics in America. I tend to agree with their assesment that you will see a shift to the left as the modern evangelical is less concerned about personal sin and more concerned about corporate sin. The mid term elections may have been a fluke, but don’t be surprised if 08 is just as bad. If that happens, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg of hatecrime, pro homosexual, anti-traditional marriage and enviromental legislation. And helping the shift to the left is a surging tendency by conservative Reformed people to deemphasize political involvement as a reaction to Christian fundementalism. Strange bedfellows which suggest to me that God has truly abandoned America.

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    […] Denny Burk responded yesterday, arguing, “I think this line represents as much wishful thinking as it does reporting. The rest of the article bears out the fact that the life-issue still remains at the top of the list of policy priorities for evangelicals. I don’t expect that to change anytime soon, no matter what Rick Warren and Bill Hybels do.” […]

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