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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 07:35 PM

Christianity Today's split with Trump highlights deeper issue in white evangelical America

Source: Reuters

POLITICS DECEMBER 29, 2019 / 7:07 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Christianity Today's split with Trump highlights deeper issue in white evangelical America

Simon Lewis, Heather Timmons
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After evangelical publication Christianity Today published a blistering editorial on what it called Donald Trump’s “grossly immoral character”, some church leaders and the U.S. president himself denounced the criticism as elitist and out-of-touch.

The Dec. 19 editorial sparked a Christmas holiday debate over religion in U.S. politics, and posed new questions about the close alignment between white evangelical voters and Trump, who has given their beliefs strong political support.

However, the coziness with the Republican president, who was impeached this month by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, is exacerbating a long-term crisis facing white evangelicalism, some Christians say - it is being abandoned by younger generations.

There has been a big drop-off in white evangelical church participation among adults under 40, and publications such as Christianity Today and religious leaders are struggling to engage “Gen Z,” or those born after 1996.

“One of the major factors is that the church is too tied up in right-wing politics,” said Greg Carey, a professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. Evangelical activism against gay rights is particularly repellant to many members of a generation where “everyone has friends who are LGBTQ,” Carey said.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-religion/christianity-todays-split-with-trump-highlights-deeper-issue-in-white-evangelical-america-idUSKBN1YX09N

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 07:45 PM

1. You ger people in general are not embracing religion

as much as the older generations, it isn't just the evangelicals. Maybe younger people have more common sense than their elders do and have learned something useful from them after all.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 08:08 PM

2. Exacerbating factor is that trump is just plain . . . creepy . . .

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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 08:09 PM

3. If Evangelicals really believed their own schtick...

...they'd be horrified that their Trumpian politics are causing all those Gen Zers to be eternally damned. They don't look all that flustered to me.

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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 08:57 PM

4. Evangelicals are merely GOP lobbyists aping big oil.

Kick and recommend.

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