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  •  Because I've been with that community (6+ / 0-)
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    IM, Matt Z, Jeff Y, dwayne, yaque, James Robinson

    for around 20 years now.  I can see the decay from within.

    They still exist but a few examples show their lack of (real) political power:

    1.  The shift by Focus on the Family from the Dobson-era bully pulpit to the approach taken by Jim Daly.  There's a recognition that they need to change hearts, and not just activate beliefs.
    1.  The shift from modern to postmodern worldview, tracked well in Bob Webber's book The Younger Evangelicals and elsewhere.  The Evangelical Christianists no longer try to make arguments appealing to some Enlightenment view of "reason" - i.e., the idea that reason is accessible to all rational people and everyone should think as we do.  There is solidarity among Evangelicals but there's a recognition now that they're a minority - what Stanley Hauerwas refers to as "resident aliens" in his book by the same title.
    1.  The scandals of Ensign, Sanford, Vitter, and other prominent GOP Evangelicals (Ted Haggard) and Catholics (sex abuse scandal) went "unpunished" in the sense that (apart from the religious leaders) they all got to keep their office.

    Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

    by Benintn on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 08:13:11 PM PDT

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