First, a quick comment about the title of this post. I am operating under the assumption that “evangelical intellectual” is not an oxymoron.
Can anyone name an evangelical intellectual who currently supports the administration of Donald Trump? I am not asking for names of evangelical intellectuals who voted for Trump in 2016, but rather someone who uses his or her intellectual skills and public access to mainstream American political discourse as a means of supporting Trump’s presidency. I would also consider culturally engaged and well-published evangelical academics as “evangelical intellectuals.”
I am thinking here about intellectuals who identify as “evangelical” and have a platform that transcends the evangelical subculture.
I am not trying to be snarky here. I really want to know if there are people out there that I am missing. Every evangelical public intellectual I know is anti-Trump. Yesterday a reporter asked me to identify a thoughtful pro-Trump evangelical and I could not come up with one.
Could Eric Metaxas fit the bill? Is it fair to call him an intellectual? This reporter did not seem to think so, but others might disagree.
I am eager to read your suggestions, but I am also eager to read how you might deconstruct the question.