Jewish Journal


August 3, 2011

‘Evangelical Christian’ a four-letter word?


Nicholas D. Kristof had a pretty good column in the NYT this weekend clearing the name of those who call themselves evangelical Christians. Kristof opens by reminding us of why evangelicals got a bad wrap—“When the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson discussed on television whether the 9/11 attacks were God’s punishment on feminists, gays and secularists, God should have sued them for defamation”—and then he moves on to who evangelical Christians really are.

His focus is the Rev. John Stott, who passed away last week. Kristof writes:

For many evangelicals who winced whenever a televangelist made the headlines, Mr. Stott was an intellectual guru and an inspiration. Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, who has worked heroically to combat everything from genocide to climate change, told me: “Against the quackery and anti-intellectualism of our movement, Stott made it possible to say you are ‘evangelical’ and not be apologetic.”

Of course, this swinging of the pendulum only gives a similarly limited view of evangelical Christians. The real image is somewhere in between.

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