USA Today has a story out in advance of the release of the “Manifesto.” There are some encouraging signs here that were missing from the AP story that I referenced in the previous post. The opening paragraph reads:
‘An “evangelical manifesto” being released today by a group of Christian scholars and theologians is expected to try to take back the term “evangelical” from politics and return it to its theological roots.’
A spokesman for the “Manifesto” says that,
“The goal is to lay down lines on the turf and go back to the root theological meaning of the term evangelical before its character is obscured and its importance is lost.”
I am all for the reclaiming “evangelical” as a primarily theological designation. As long as the “Manifesto” has a robustly biblical definition of the evangel and its implications for engagement in the public square, this could be a good thing.
The article also notes that the “Manifesto” has been revised since it was viewed by the AP. I hope they have removed the “useful idiots” line.
The USA Today piece also releases the website for the “Manifesto”: http://www.evangelicalmanifesto.com. More later.