Omri Elisha on Misconceptions of Evangelicals

Posted by Kendall Harmon

What are some of the biggest misconceptions about your topic?
A common misconception among non-evangelicals is that evangelical Christians are all ruthless proselytizers and right-wing culture warriors. I’m not an apologist for evangelical beliefs and traditions, which I generally don’t share and, to a large extent, disagree with. But it is a mistake, empirically speaking, for non-evangelicals to latch on to negative images formed by media stereotypes and subjective experiences (for example, having an imposing neighbor or relative insist on “witnessing” to you) and then decide that they can be used to characterize an entire population.

Some people think that evangelicals only do charity out of a selfish desire to convert non-believers. Others insist that evangelical faith-based organizations are secretly installing a Christian theocracy. Both assumptions are misguided in my view because they are too narrow. My book seeks to broaden (and refine) our sense of what everyday evangelicals believe they are doing, or would like to be doing, when they engage the public sphere.
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Posted April 12, 2012 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. MichaelA wrote:

The author is clearly not an evangelical Christian in any sense, but is not necessarily hostile to them either.  And he has the good sense to realise that you can’t pigeonhole such a diverse group into a few narrow categories.

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