Evangelicals in Power: A Beliefnet Roundtable Archives

Counterculture for the Common Good (D. Michael Lindsay)

posted by nsymmonds

I’ll begin by (again!) agreeing with Jeff: It’s good for democracy when a group of citizens become politically engaged. Debates are more robust, candidates have sharper visions, and civic participation rises. All of us agree that evangelicals now have power. […]

The Wrong Perception (Jerry Jenkins)

posted by behrman

I find it depressing, though I suppose inevitable, that Evangelicals are all painted with the same brush. I hope we are not guilty of the same generalized thinking as we engage the culture. Yes, we extend across a wide philosophical […]

Evangelicals Should Think More Deeply (Jeff Sharlet)

posted by behrman

I’m glad to have Hannah’s unvarnished account of the Value Voters Summit; though I think she’s being unfair to the Politburo, an institution that was at least mercifully corrupt: Everyone had to toe the line publicly, but privately nearly everyone […]

Evangelicals Have a Long Way to Go (Hanna Rosin)

posted by nsymmonds

Ok, I want to inject a little reality check into this conversation. So far we seem to agree on three things that should happen to make us less queasy about evangelicals in high places: 1. Powerful evangelicals stop the servant […]

The Largest Group of Evangelicals (David Kuo)

posted by nsymmonds

The problem with evangelicals today is that so many have lost confidence in Jesus. I think that explains the problems that all of us have with them today. Consider this from Michael: “What unites evangelicals is that they believe something […]

Powerful Faith (Michael Lindsay)

posted by nsymmonds

Jeff rightly calls evangelicals on the carpet for hiding their quest for worldly power behind the mask of “servant leadership.” It’s not Jerry’s notion of servanthood, of course, that Jeff disagrees with. Helping the poor and hungry are certainly worthwhile. […]

The True Followers of Christ (Jerry Jenkins)

posted by nsymmonds

David asks me, “Jerry – How do we begin to change that perception? You give tremendous examples of evangelicals who are serving and loving – how do we get more and more Christians to do that? Christians, for instance, like […]

Evangelicals Want Power, and They Have it (Jeff Sharlet)

posted by nsymmonds

I can’t help but admire David’s determination to make “evangelical” something other than a political term. David wants to be part of a real movement, one for which politics is no more than one front among many. The good news […]

Are Evangelicals Moving Forward or Backward? (Hanna Rosin)

posted by nsymmonds

Part of me feels like I should just step aside and let Jeff and Michael duke this one out, because I’m really interested in this question of the cosmopolitans and the populists, and who counts as which, and who is […]

Questions for Hanna, Jeff, Jerry, and Michael (David Kuo)

posted by nsymmonds

First, greetings to everyone. I’m excited to be part of this. Let me start with something upon which everyone might agree. No matter how some of us wish that evangelicals are currently defined and no matter how much we might […]

Evangelicalism is More and Less Than You Think (Michael Lindsay)

posted by nsymmonds

Hey, everybody! It’s great to have the chance to interact with a group that has thought so much about the ascent of American evangelicals. After interviewing several hundred elite evangelicals, I’ve concluded that the evangelical movement is a lot more […]

True Evangelical Leaders Are Servants (Jerry Jenkins)

posted by nsymmonds

Greetings, all. I’m honored to be invited to interact with thinkers far above my academic pay grade (read GPA). Before I speak to Hanna’s cogent comments re Hollywood, let me say that I have long been uneasy about Evangelicals in […]

The Evangelicalization of Secular America (Jeff Sharlet)

posted by nsymmonds

Since I’m going to disagree with Hanna, I’ll start with some good feelings about her new book, God’s Harvard, the first real work of narrative nonfiction about Christian fundamentalism and political power. Hanna has gone further than any other writer […]

Evangelical Land is Changing (Hanna Rosin)

posted by nsymmonds

Hi everyone. I’ve spoken to most of you but I’m thrilled to have a chance for this slightly more organized discussion. Something is changing out there in evangelical land – politically, sociologically, culturally. Jerry Falwell’s death sort of made it […]

Elite Evangelicals: Good News or Bad News? (Patton Dodd)

posted by nsymmonds

Hi Hanna, Jeff, Jerry, Michael, and David, Welcome one and all. Each of you has already made significant contributions to the matter at hand—either by fostering it, covering it, or studying it—and I’m glad for the chance to bring your […]

Bio: David Kuo

posted by nsymmonds

David Kuo blogs for Beliefnet at “J-Walking.” A former special assistant to President George W. Bush, Kuo chronicled his time at the White House in his book “Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction.” ] Kuo is also the […]

Bio: D. Michael Lindsay

posted by nsymmonds

D. Michael Lindsay is a sociologist at Rice University who specializes in issues surrounding leadership, religion, and culture. The author of several books, scholarly articles, and research reports, Lindsay most recently completed “Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals […]

Bio: Jerry B. Jenkins

posted by nsymmonds

Jerry B. Jenkins is the author of more than 170 books, including the 65,000,000-selling Left Behind series. Riven, Jenkins’ standalone novel, will release in March 2008. Jenkins’s writing has appeared in Time, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian […]

Bio: Jeff Sharlet

posted by nsymmonds

Jeff Sharlet is a contributing editor for Harpers and Rolling Stone, and his writing on religion, culture, and politics has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Nerve, Oxford American, and Salon, among other publications. Sharlet was a founding editor of […]

Bio: Hanna Rosin

posted by nsymmonds

Hanna Rosin is the author of “God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America.” She has covered religion and politics for the Washington Post. She has also written for the New Yorker, the New Republic, GQ, and […]

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Dear Michael: Thank you again for this exchange, Michael; I am grateful that you took the time to teach me with such patience and tolerance. In all honesty, I can't follow your subtle discussion of the relationship between natural laws and Divine Providence. The fault is mine. I think you are sayi

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Do You Wonder About the Source of Meaning?
Dear Heather, I really enjoy the way you conduct a path through our disagreements. You are tough, but open to differences. As we have agreed from the first, to achieve real disagreement is a long-term task; it takes a lot of brandies sipped slowly together (so to speak) to get past the misunderstan

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What About Other Religions?
Dear Michael: Thank you so much for your candid and probing response; it is most illuminating. Before addressing your final question, I am going to risk characterizing your presentation of religious faith. Some of our readers, if not you yourself, may find this presumptuous; if so, I accept their c

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Faith Is Not Just Belief
Dear Heather: There are many aspects of popular Catholic faith that have sometimes shocked me and turned me away. Yet I well remember visiting the great Catholic shrine at Czestechowa, in Poland, where once almost a million people turned out for Pope John Paul II when he first pierced the Iron Curta

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