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« Topic Start: May 03, 2008, 02:33:42 pm »

Conservative Christian leaders who believe the word "evangelical" has lost its religious meaning plan to release a starkly self-critical document saying the movement has become too political and has diminished the Gospel through its approach to the culture wars.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080503/ap_on_re/evangelical_manifesto
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« Reply #1: May 03, 2008, 02:53:32 pm »


I will wait until I can read their manifesto (if I ever can, that is if they release it online) but I'm almost cheering for this dude. Finally someone is showing reason...what's the catch?
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« Reply #2: May 03, 2008, 02:57:27 pm »

Conservative Christian leaders who believe the word "evangelical" has lost its religious meaning plan to release a starkly self-critical document saying the movement has become too political and has diminished the Gospel through its approach to the culture wars.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080503/ap_on_re/evangelical_manifesto

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« Reply #3: May 03, 2008, 03:08:36 pm »

I will wait until I can read their manifesto (if I ever can, that is if they release it online) but I'm almost cheering for this dude. Finally someone is showing reason...what's the catch?

Sometimes it is hard to remember that a lot of folks calling themselves Evangelicals really are more concerned about God than a particular political party.

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« Reply #4: May 03, 2008, 03:10:57 pm »


This is true, maybe I'm just too jaded by the words "Conservative Evangelical" or "Conservative Christian Leader"
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« Reply #5: May 03, 2008, 05:35:14 pm »

Conservative Christian leaders who believe the word "evangelical" has lost its religious meaning plan to release a starkly self-critical document saying the movement has become too political and has diminished the Gospel through its approach to the culture wars.

A number of non-fundie evangelicals have been reaching that conclusion over the last few years. I suspect the idea may have finally reached "critical mass."
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« Reply #6: May 03, 2008, 07:55:53 pm »

I suspect the idea may have finally reached "critical mass."

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« Reply #7: May 03, 2008, 09:06:58 pm »

A number of non-fundie evangelicals have been reaching that conclusion over the last few years. I suspect the idea may have finally reached "critical mass."

Oh, I do hope so.

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« Reply #8: May 04, 2008, 09:54:06 pm »

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I went "huh?" at your groan at first, but then I caught it.  Thanks for calling it to my attention; I'm very fond of non-obvious puns (though that one would be better if the topic under discussion was less Protestant-focused).

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« Reply #9: May 08, 2008, 10:18:12 pm »

A number of non-fundie evangelicals have been reaching that conclusion over the last few years. I suspect the idea may have finally reached "critical mass."


It's refreshing to see Christian Evangelicals who don't seem like JesusFreak Stormtroopers for The Party. Too bad that the cynic in me says that these people will always be the exception, not the rule.

Christian Nationalism is so deeply rooted in the cultural identity of a vast swath of the USA, that all the Republicans have to do is wrap themselves up in the American flag and brandish the crucifix like a weapon against those who won't conform. It works too well to give it up. The mob has spoken.
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« Reply #10: May 08, 2008, 10:59:28 pm »


It's refreshing to see Christian Evangelicals who don't seem like JesusFreak Stormtroopers for The Party. Too bad that the cynic in me says that these people will always be the exception, not the rule.

Christian Nationalism is so deeply rooted in the cultural identity of a vast swath of the USA, that all the Republicans have to do is wrap themselves up in the American flag and brandish the crucifix like a weapon against those who won't conform. It works too well to give it up. The mob has spoken.

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« Reply #11: May 14, 2008, 06:12:47 pm »

FindLaw takes a look at this.

An Evangelical Manifesto: How One Subgroup of Evangelical Christians Is Attempting the Redefine the Very Term "Evangelical"

How does one remove a frequently-used word from the discourse of politics and cleanse it of its negative meanings? It sounds impossible, if not outright foolish, but a group who identify themselves as evangelical Christians, and who have published "An Evangelical Manifesto," wants to do just that.

Their goal is immensely difficult, if not impossible. But this move still may bode well for the future of discourse involving religion.

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hamilton/20080515.html
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