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Hmm…back from the margins?

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : June 30, 2005

Check out this article from Christianity Today: We’re Prime Time, Baby!

The article says that Evangelicals are now getting more and better press.  We are no longer marginalized in popular culture.  Here’s some telling words from the article:

So, we’ve been mainstreamed. Now what?

First, we can thank God. Jesus Christ’s unique message and values will gain a larger and more respectful hearing.

Hmm…I thought that our society was becoming increasingly post-Christian…so what are we supposed to make of this?  First of all, I’m not sure that this turn is a good one.  I think that Evangelism re-asserting itself as America’s civil religion isn’t a good thing.  This is all wrapped up in the shoring up of the ties between the Republican party and the Evangelical right.  Is the evangelical movement actually stronger? Or is it that, as a friend of mine tells me, that movements often appear strongest before their decline.  The fact that the media now recognizes the Evangelical movement as a power-player and has had Rick Warren featured aren’t signs that things are getting stronger, but perhaps that the media is just realizing seeing a trend that is already in decline.  The apex is always more visible on the downslopes.

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4 Responses to “Hmm…back from the margins?”

  1. michelle on June 30th, 2005 5:36 pm

    I said this already in a comment on your batman series. Also I was wondering did you ever write about your reaction to the new film?

  2. Van S on June 30th, 2005 5:46 pm

    I thought about writing a review of the new batman movie, but the reviews out there already are pretty good, and my paper brings up most of the stuff I’d add. The only complaint I had was the action sequences at the end which were there merely to appease teenage boys. But I expected them to do as much. The best part of it was that it was a very serious portrayal of the nature of fear. It could have been deeper, but I’m sure they needed wide appeal.

  3. blorge on July 1st, 2005 9:40 am

    As to the question of Evangelicals, I’m not entirely sure what to make of the media coverage. I personally think that the movement is at it’s apex, rather than on the decline, but it is showing signs that it’s starting to buckle under the pressure. Movements such as Emergent are already well under way and will only gain popularity as people become dissatisfied with the Evangelical Right.

  4. Van S on July 1st, 2005 10:40 am

    You may be right, Brandon. Whether it is at an apex or already started on decline, I think it is safe to say that there are enough people who reject and protest (many of whom are within th emovement) to undermine the power position of American Evangelicalism.

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