Gerry Canavan

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Surprise!

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* On Becoming a Woman, by Harold Shryock, M.A., M.D. At MeFi.

* No one expects the evangelical surprise.

Statistically, the extreme conservatism of the traditionalists skews the picture of the community as a whole. In fact, “modernist” evangelicals—defined as those who go to church infrequently and don’t hold to a literal interpretation of the Bible—have more liberal views on all issues, including abortion and gay rights, than the American population as a whole, but there are relatively very few of them. “Centrists,” or those who fall somewhere in the theological middle and make up almost half of all evangelicals, are no more conservative than Americans generally except on abortion and gay rights, and even on these issues they are far more moderate than the traditionalists.[9] In other words, half of the evangelical population doesn’t see eye to eye with the other half. In the future the division may become more acute because while the Christian right leaders have become more ambitious and more aggressive as a result of their victories, centrist leaders have, for the first time, begun to assert themselves.

I guess the surprise is that some evangelicals know what Jesus (dirty hippie that he was) actually said.

It’s Easter. I should be nice.

* How to market your book, the Miranda July Way.

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April 7, 2007 at 9:26 pm

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