ininterestingtimes said: From post; against stupidity, it states that the 'average everyday evangelical Christian is not simply itching for his chance to take over the government and impose theocratic law'. It is here I come to you asking what you think a reasonable interpretation of; average every day evangelical Christian, might be. Taking evangelical christian to mean the Christians interested in evangelizing, and given the strength of the social conservative vote, how do you square any type of support for this post?
A response to this quote post.
First, I would self-describe as an evangelical — the word, in its purest form, means believer of the Gospel (actually, “good news”), from the Greek word ευανγελιον. And I can certainly attest that in no way or manner do I “itch” to “take over the government and impose theocratic law upon a nation of vile unbelieving reprobates”.
I realize the connotation of this word evangelical can invoke a wide swath — from those in more of a neofundamentalist mold to the theologically liberal (another word with a vast range of connotation). Understood, that you’ve refined the definition to “evangelizing” (which I believe falsely precludes non-conservatives) “social conservatives”. And yes, I can see how some tenets of the social conservative block, especially the religious right, would strike you as in alignment with imposing “theocratic law”. However, while there certainly is a segment of religious conservatives that wish for some variant of theocratic legal imposition, most dress their case with “natural law” appeals and find abhorrent any mode of governance that coerces followers or punishes apostasy or heresy with the sword (literally or figuratively).
While I don’t see eye to eye with the author on many political aspects, I am sympathetic to the points driven by the article author — the dismay of the prevalence of culpable ignorance, in an age with so much knowledge just a finger tap away. And no political group is immune to this infection, even if I acknowledge that the level of culpable ignorance is significantly higher in the current “conservative” circles online.