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Not about Trump or Moore. A good summary of what the word "evangelical" means. Especially important if you think you know what it means and hate or mistrust evangelicals.

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  • sam_acw

    sam_acw 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Maybe a better title would help? I don't think that one attracts readers on here.

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    • ahnyerkeester

      ahnyerkeester 6 months, 3 weeks ago

      I agree! I saw links to this article floating around for a day or so and wasn't interested in reading it because "New Yorker" (right there with ya, skilletboy) but when Keller linked to it and said it was from him, I decided to read.

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  • Chet_Manly

    Chet_Manly 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    I see your point about it being a discussion of the word. It is a word I have never really understood. It was an interesting read.
    I have only heard it used by media to describe voters who seem to have the "wrong" the views or vote the wrong way. Additionally, I don't think i have ever heard anyone refer to themselves as evangelical.

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    • ahnyerkeester

      ahnyerkeester 6 months, 3 weeks ago

      There's probably a reason you don't hear call themselves that. I pastor a church that is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. We renamed the church and brought the word "evangelical" inside so *we* can define it. The way the media uses it seems to always be negative. I loved Keller's comment "When I used the word to describe myself in the nineteen-seventies, it meant I was not a fundamentalist. If I use the name today, however, it means to hearers that I *am.*" Spot on.

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