I don't know who Matt Friedeman, Agape columnist, speaks for -- if anyone. But his view of the churches I grew up in is telling:
I thank God for that dead, liberal church.
It was theologically and spiritually frustrating then, it is theologically and spiritually frustrating now, and in all likelihood it will be theologically and spiritually frustrating in the future.
...Mainline. Dead. Liberal. Thanks.
One thread of the 2004 campaign was the idea that liberals, especially John Kerry, weren't comfortable talking about their faith. Friedeman demonstrates another aspect of the "faith gap": some of the people who really care about faith and vote on faith reject the professed faith of millions of mainstream Christians (of which, to be sure, I am not one). It's not that John Kerry couldn't talk about his faith with evangelicals. It's not even that evangelicals didn't trust Kerry's faith. According to Friedeman, evangelicals like him reject all faith different than theirs.
"I don't know who Matt Friedeman, Agape columnist, speaks for -- if anyone."
"A view from the evangelical right"
Yes, I would say that a regularly published column in the official AFA news outlet written by a self-described conservative evangelical is a view from the evangelical right.
It's no surprise to me that fundies don't recognize any other faiths or denominations. Hell, they don't even recognize each other if they meet in a liquor store.
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