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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 10:14 AM Jan 2019

The Problem with the Latest Predictions for 'the Rise of the Religious Left' [View all]


It’s common knowledge that the religious right played a large role in the election of Donald Trump in 2016. About 4 out of 5 white evangelicals voted for Trump and the majority continue to back him, even if explicit support may be slipping.

...Enter the so-called religious left. Last week NPR ran a story about the putative rise of a more left-leaning religious coalition in the United States. The story suggests that a “comparable effort by liberal religious leaders” to the formation of the Moral Majority some 40 years ago is now taking shape, “coalescing in support of immigrant rights, universal healthcare, LBGTQ rights and racial justice.”

...Tired of their faith being reduced to little more than conservative talking points, Christians of the religious left want the broader population to know that Christianity has more to it. Among other things, Christianity is eminently about social justice, a concern for the poor, marginalized, and oppressed. In a word, among the ranks of Christians are a good many “progressives.”

...The other problem with this framing is that it presupposes that there even is such a thing as an ‘essential’ or ’true’ Christianity. While Christianity isn’t endlessly subjective it would be extremely difficult to argue that a millennia-old world religion with its numerous cultural variations and scriptural interpretations can be reduced to ‘true’ and ‘not true’ forms. And it’s entirely possible that echoing the Christian right’s claims to represent a true Christianity only winds up bolstering such claims.
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Different politics, same annoying tendencies. Act_of_Reparation Jan 2019 #1
We are at a political crossroads marylandblue Jan 2019 #2
Since when? Cartoonist Jan 2019 #3
I call BS... NeoGreen Jan 2019 #5
There is a sect for everyone. safeinOhio Jan 2019 #18
Okay...while derived, historically, from christian sects... NeoGreen Jan 2019 #20
Don't you know me? Cartoonist Jan 2019 #22
I must be having an "off" day... NeoGreen Jan 2019 #25
If they can help get good people into office and bad people out. KansasKali Jan 2019 #4
I guess you didn't read the article. n/t trotsky Jan 2019 #16
If the Christian "Left" wants to do something, let it start by MineralMan Jan 2019 #6
They almost do this, just poorly. Pope George Ringo II Jan 2019 #7
I know many Christians who are progressives. MineralMan Jan 2019 #10
Some do, no doubt. Pope George Ringo II Jan 2019 #12
Many have ugly positions themselves Major Nikon Jan 2019 #13
Problem is, there are plenty of verses and texts to support every Christian's position. trotsky Jan 2019 #15
That's because religion reflects culture. MineralMan Jan 2019 #19
I've heard this before zipplewrath Jan 2019 #8
There's other problems with this sort of wishful thinking Major Nikon Jan 2019 #9
"Let's all work together to make my invisible friend happy" is a poor foundation. Pope George Ringo II Jan 2019 #11
"they will start to demand power in exchange for their support" trotsky Jan 2019 #14
As I've always said, organized religion is the antithesis to progressivism Major Nikon Jan 2019 #17
Do you have an opinion on... NeoGreen Jan 2019 #21
My father was a UUA ordained minister Major Nikon Jan 2019 #23
Fair enough... NeoGreen Jan 2019 #24
Good answer Lordquinton Jan 2019 #26
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