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February 08, 2005

Green Christians

A reader alerts me to this Washington Post article on the Greening of Evangelicals. (Registration required) I won't comment on the global warming aspects, because science gives me a headache and I've known reasonable people on both sides of that aisle. Still, this article demonstrates one way in which Christianity is not the same thing as Republicanism, even if Jim Wallis might snidely suggest otherwise. Furthermore, I would argue that environmentalism should be an area where conservatism can, but does not have to, break with the GOP. For more on this, and because I love stirring up a hornet's nest, see Rod Dreher's NR cover piece on the topic a few years back.

Posted by Matt at February 8, 2005 06:23 PM

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I don't know if the "greening" of evangelicals is as much proof that American evangelicalism is not the same as Republicanism as it is evidence of a changing conciousness (at long last) within the church.

I'm always amused at how threatening Wallis seems to be for some people.

Posted by: Ray Grieselhuber at February 9, 2005 11:13 AM

I'm not threatened by Wallis. I just happen to find his promulgation of socialistic economics as some sort of Biblical mandate to be completely bogus. His willingness to cozy up to people who are hostile to evangelical Christians, no matter what our faults, is very troubling.

Posted by: Matt at February 9, 2005 02:02 PM

I'm curious - have you read his book yet?

I know it just came out and I'm only about 1/3 of the way into it so far, but from what I've seen so far, I think you are mis-interpreting what he says.

I don't agree with everything he writes (from what I've seen so far) but I think his ideas are worth looking into with an open mind.

Posted by: Ray Grieselhuber at February 9, 2005 02:16 PM

And I'm impressed that I used the phrase "from what I've seen so far" in a post that's only 3 sentences long...

Posted by: Ray Grieselhuber at February 9, 2005 03:34 PM