Why are young evangelicals reluctant to defend Biblical Christianity in public?

30 Apr

Is Mark Tooley only looking at a handful of dissidents – as I know some would say – or is he noticing a legit trend? I think the latter; after all, how do such people become popular, sell bestselling books, if they have no clout, and mean nothing whatsoever?


Here’s an interesting post by Mark Tooley in the American Spectator.


A new generation of evangelical elites is imploring evangelicals to step back from the culture wars. Mostly they want to escape polarizing strong stances on same-sex marriage and abortion, and perhaps also contentious church-state issues, like the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

Purportedly the evangelical church is failing to reach young, upwardly mobile professionals because evangelicals, who now broadly comprise perhaps one third of all Americans, are seen as reactionary and hateful. On their college campuses, at their coffee shops, and in their yoga classes, among other venues, some outspoken hip young evangelicals want a new public image for their faith.

[…]A popular young evangelical blogger echoing Merritt’s theme is Rachel Evans, who conveniently grew up in the Tennessee small town famous for the Scopes Monkey Trial. Her 2010 book was Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew…

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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in America, churchianity, evanjellyfish, The Decline


5 responses to “Why are young evangelicals reluctant to defend Biblical Christianity in public?

  1. The Man Who Was . . .

    April 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    When someone holds up Jonathan Merritt and Rachel Held Evans as remotely representative of mainstream evangelicalism, you know the article is going to worthless.

    As I said on the previous thread:

    Leftists like Evans have realized they just don’t fit into Evangelicalism. She acknowledged she had to “fight” even to get “a seat at the table.” That doesn’t sound like leftward drift. That sounds like people are holding pretty firm.

  2. Will S.

    April 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Yes, given that she said she is no longer evangelical, I actually was a bit surprised to see her still cited…

    I wonder whether she still attends the same church, though, or whether she’s gone mainline, or what…

  3. Eric

    April 30, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    “…are seen as reactionary and hateful.”

    Gee, I wonder where people are getting ideas like that? (Hint: Government/Media/Academia Complex)

    “…they want a hip new image…”

    Translation: in today’s America, being perceived as anything other than a flaming liberal has consequences. Just ask Brendan Eich, Duck Dynasty, Cliven Bundy, David Sterling…&c.

  4. Will S.

    April 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm



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