Can Evangelicals and Secular Liberals Find Common Ground?

HandsAccording to J.J. Gould, the editor of The New Republic, the future of our democracy depends on it.  Here is a taste of his editorial, “Belief in Democracy“:

…Which means that as committed secular liberals and serious evangelicals, of the kind Bryan Mealer writes about for us this month, come to identify with each other politically, that’s a political identification between kinds of people who live in ways that are in some respects powerfully alien to one another. Mutual super-revulsion with Trump and elements of his base can only obscure this reality so much.

Which in turn represents a great hope for the still-tenuous future of liberal democracy in the United States: If you can sustain a common political identity despite such profoundly different beliefs about the nature of the universe and humanity’s place in it, you can sustain the promise of American life.

Read the entire piece here.

One thought on “Can Evangelicals and Secular Liberals Find Common Ground?

  1. One way to test whether secular liberals are principled in their beliefs, or merely tribally antagonistic, is to see how they treat Islam.

    So many of the secular liberal convictions about blasphemy, same-sex marriage, personal freedom and individual dignity, which are applied with such force against right-wing Christians, seem to suddenly evaporate into nothingness when Islam and Muslims are at hand.

    For example, I’d like to see a Muslim baker or florist compelled to recognize marriage equality as have been Masterpiece Cakeshop or Barronnelle Stutzman, or the likes of Pussy Riot stage a blasphemous, unclothed demonstration in a mosque. It’s such a mystery that we don’t see more of that sort of thing, really a puzzlement.


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