Here’s an interesting article from yesterday’s New York Times. It describes what it calls “New Evangelicals”… basically Evangelical Christians who value social justice. Quoting Scot McKnight, it describes this group as follows:
“A sizable portion of evangelicals have left the right, so to speak, in what the theologian Scot McKnight called “the biggest change in the evangelical movement,” nothing less than the emergence of “a new kind of Christian social conscience.” These new evangelicals focus on economic justice, environmental protection and immigration reform — not exactly Republican strong points. The religious right remains a potent political force, but where once there was the appearance of an evangelical movement that sang out in one voice, there is now a robust polyphony.”
The article claims that 19% of the population fits into this category, but I think this number is way too high. (They put into all evangelicals who don’t self-identify as the religious right).
Still, it’s interesting to see variation among Evangelicals and how this will play out in politics.
Thank you Ed Cyzewski