conservatives with conscience

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The NYT reports on Gregory Boyd, an evangelical conservative preacher of a suburban St. Paul church “packed mostly with politically and theologically conservative, middle-class evangelicals.” Following on the heels of fellow evangelical Randall Balmer, author of Thy Kingdom Come, Boyd has written a new book: The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church. Boyd has also dared to stake out a non-doctrinaire position from the pulpit, which has cost his church about 1,000 of its 5,000 members. Here is a sample:

“America wasn’t founded as a theocracy…America was founded by people trying to escape theocracies. Never in history have we had a Christian theocracy where it wasn’t bloody and barbaric. That’s why our Constitution wisely put in a separation of church and state.”

It’s not a surprise that so many parishioners found that truth difficult to hear; one hopes that those who remain will continue to listen, and perhaps to read.

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