by | Nov 8, 2019

The local fish wrap recently published a hit piece on evangelical Christians by a contributing writer who used to be an investigative journalist for 60 Minutes. A forensic look at that essay, “The political challenge for NC evangelicals,” suggests that…

by | Sep 27, 2019

The media are taking aim at Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Christian education powerhouse Liberty University. This ardent Donald Trump supporter and influential evangelical leader is the target of what appears to be a coordinated, media-driven campaign of personal…

by | Dec 19, 2017

Not without cause does the Good Book enjoin readers to avoid putting their trust in “princes,” a word we translate in the 21st century to mean “politicians.” The argument over how Christians should practice politics has rarely been more scrambled,…

by | Dec 27, 2016

White evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. That set off much breast-beating on the religious left as well as among some conservative “Never-Trump” Christians. Whatever the wisdom of casting a vote for The Donald, the willingness of serious believers to…

by | Nov 8, 2016

Last week I published a column here titled “Donald Trump and the Great Evangelical Compromise.” It created something of a stir. Studies suggest that people only read headlines or a paragraph or two, but seldom do they read whole articles…

by | Nov 1, 2016

“If Hillary Clinton is elected,” began a passionate evangelical acquaintance to me over breakfast, “Christianity in America is over. America is over.” This cheery start to my morning served only to make my already burnt coffee that much more bitter….

by | Oct 30, 2016

The story’s told of a young fella down in Alabama who, riding out of the woods, happened upon an Alabama football practice. Mystified, he asked Coach Bryant what was going on, and the Bear said the point was to take…

by | Oct 21, 2016

Invocations of the divine have always been part of American public life, going back to the assertion in the Declaration of Independence that “all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” When Thomas Jefferson wrote of…

by | Jun 9, 2016

Ever since white evangelicals dramatically entered the political process in the 1980s they have voted overwhelmingly Republican. That identification remains, but this year they will not be voting for one of their own. Absent a miracle akin to Christ changing…

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