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C. Everett Koop Shows Way Forward For Evangelicals

(4) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 12:00 PM

C. Everett Koop, the former U.S. surgeon general who died last week Monday, was an evangelical Christian who helped launch religious right opposition to Roe v. Wade. Despite sharing the right's opposition to both abortion and homosexuality, he refused to let ideology distort scientific facts or undermine the public health....

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How the Bible Began Saying Life Begins at Conception

(150) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 1:07 PM

Evangelical anti-abortion advocacy rests on a surprisingly flimsy foundation. And exposing that fact makes establishment evangelical leaders nervous.

On Nov. 7, Christianity Today published a feature-length article on the front page of its website that was its second such article responding to an op-ed I wrote for CNN.

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How Evangelicals Decided That Life Begins at Conception

(158) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 3:34 PM

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, evangelical Christians widely believed the Bible says life begins at birth and supported looser abortion policies.

That was my argument in an Oct. 31 op-ed for CNN, titled, "When evangelicals were pro-choice." Understandably, not all evangelical leaders were...

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What the Bible Says Depends on Where You're From

(145) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 2:01 PM

As Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum fight it out for the G.O.P. nomination, preachers on both sides of the aisle are opining on "what the Bible says" on a range of issues, from Occupy Wall Street to contraception coverage, from Mormonism to welfare programs.

Don't take them too seriously.

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Evangelicals and Gay Marriage: Why 'Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin' Doesn't Work

(996) Comments | Posted October 22, 2011 | 3:40 PM

Shortly before National Coming Out Day, Focus on the Family's Jim Daly published an Op-Ed on "'Hate' is too big a word to be used with such little restraint," he argued, urging advocates of gay rights to realize that evangelicals don't hate gay people, just gay sexual activity.


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Evangelicals Don't Believe Life Begins at Conception

(480) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 12:03 PM

A recent New Yorker profile of Michele Bachmann triggered a national debate over evangelicals, abortion and violence. The piece stated that evangelical right founder, Francis Schaeffer, advocated the violent overthrow of government to end legalized abortion. Evangelicals insisted, in turn, that he did not.

To be fair to the...

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Christian Faith Requires Accepting Evolution

(4818) Comments | Posted June 18, 2011 | 3:35 PM

In the evangelical community, the year 2011 has brought a resurgence of debate over evolution. The current issue of Christianity Today asks if genetic discoveries preclude an historical Adam. While BioLogos, the brainchild of NIH director Francis Collins, is seeking to promote theistic evolution among evangelicals, the president of the...

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