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Evangelicals, Politics, and Me

Posted by thethousandmarch on May 26, 2008 at 12:18 AM Comments comments (0)

    I have decided that I will identify myself as an Evangelical. However, I cannot ignore the distaste with recent Evangelical political involvement, which I had previously mentioned. Though I believe religion can and must be part of the public sphere, I believe in pluralism, and I believe in a secular state. I do not agree with the way in which Evangelicals and other conservatives are attempting to 'take back America', trying to return us to our...

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Why I am an evangelical

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 30, 2008 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

    I've recently been questioning whether I want to be identified as an Evangelical. I've decided that I may not be a New Evangelical - I'm certainly not a Fundamentalist - but I am an Evangelical in the broadest sense. I believe that the individual stands alone before God. I believe individuals should seek personal subjective relationships with God. I do not believe that grace is administered through the Church. As I see it, this is ...

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Do I want to be an Evangelical? (Part 2)

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 14, 2008 at 2:11 PM Comments comments (1)

    Recently I saw the movie There Will Be Blood. If you haven't seen it, do. In it the main character Daniel Plainview, an oilman, needs to lease a piece of land in order to build a pipeline. But, the owner of the land will only lease Plainview the land if he will repent of his sins and be baptized at the local church. Plainview tells th...

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Do I want to be an Evangelical? Part 1

Posted by thethousandmarch on March 24, 2008 at 12:42 PM Comments comments (4)

    My Christianity was shaped by the Jesus People movement through Calvary Chapel, and by a non-denominational church, which was planted in the early fifties. Now both of these churches are labeled Evangelical, but I do not recall that word ever being used. My first memory of that label being applied to the group, of which I was a part, was in college...

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