Some of you may have seen the piece I wrote recently for Aeon, a relative new online magazine. I wrote the article in an attempt to get intellectuals and other thoughtful observers to understand the mindset of some American evangelicals.
I understand, and in some cases sympathize, with the largely negative comments that are appearing in the comments section of the piece. On the other hand, I am afraid that many of the comments confirm a lot of what I was trying to say in the article.
I hope readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home will interpret the piece in the larger context of my work here at the blog and elsewhere.
Here is a taste:
Whether it be academia, popular entertainment, or some other sector of culture, secular progressivism is a real threat to evangelical Christian values. Christian culture warriors are often sloppy and usually inconsistent in the way that they apply Christian faith to public life, but not all of them are crazy. They are astute observers of modern culture who represent the values and fears of a significant portion of Americans. And, as long as secular progressives continue to remain intolerant about the deeply held religious convictions of these Christians, and refuse to understand them as part of a larger conversation about national identity and the common good, it will be difficult for US democracy to move forward.
Read the entire piece here.