Evangelical Fracture Lines

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Evangelical Fracture Lines

#1  Postby Calilasseia » Sep 17, 2018 1:25 pm

I'm not usually a big fan of reading about assorted Jeebus peddlers, I prefer to devote my time to scientific literature and programming manuals, but this one caught my eye.

The Atlantic has a habit of dropping odd gems in my lap like this, and this article on Beth Moore is well worth spending time on. Because it neatly dissects the manner in which the religious fundamentalists are starting to schism in all but name. Basically, having spent years trying to keep up appearances with respect to the fundamentalist view of women, whilst simultaneously managing a religious enterprise with a punishing schedule that would drain many men, she's decided that the emergence of Trump has exposed the rotten core of fundamentalist religion in the USA. And, predictably, is taking a lot of flak for openly stating this.

It's an article that will consume a good half hour or more to read properly, but it's effort worth spending. Because the article reveals that a new generation of religious conservatives is emerging that isn't as hardcore ideologically conservative as the older generation - the new generation is, albeit with difficulty, coming to terms with contentious issues in a manner that would be anathema to the likes of the late Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. More importantly, women from this background, it would seem, are slowly, painfully, but gradually moving toward their own "Me Too" moment.
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Re: Evangelical Fracture Lines

#2  Postby willhud9 » Sep 17, 2018 3:45 pm

I wouldn’t consider Beth Moore a new generation. She’s in her 60’s. Because of her bible study I have the book of James memorized. I could still recite it.

But I for one welcome the change. I’d like to see more Christians take up social justice and want to help the poor.
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#3  Postby Seabass » Sep 17, 2018 6:40 pm

Evangelical right vs evangelical lite? If we're lucky, they'll all end up killing each other. American evangelicalism is about as unchristlike as you can get.
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#4  Postby Alan B » Sep 17, 2018 8:44 pm

Perhaps they are beginning to think at last and wondering why these 'preachers' are laughing all the way to the bank at the expense of the 'congregation'.
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#5  Postby laklak » Sep 17, 2018 10:35 pm

More like a palace coup, they want to take their rightful place at the trough.
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