New York Times: New Atheists Need to Stop Listening to Old Guard Pat Robersons and Listen to Rick Warren-style New Evangelical Movement(s)
Critique of New Atheism: It Misses the Mark Entirely
Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times may just be warming up to evangelicals as he points out that church leaders like mega church pastor Rick Warren are coming around on seven key humanitarian issues:
Scorning people for their faith is intrinsically repugnant, and in this case it also betrays a profound misunderstanding of how far evangelicals have moved over the last decade. Today, conservative Christian churches do superb work on poverty, AIDS, sex trafficking, climate change, prison abuses, malaria and genocide in Darfur.
He goes on to point out a sharp contrast between past evangelicals and current day evangelicals (a distinction that is 100% missed on the new breed of atheists a la Christopher Hitchens et al) While the older generation can be perceived as polarizing, the new generation is less so. The old might be said to be:
Moralizing blowhards showed more compassion for embryonic stem cells than for the poor or the sick, and as recently as the 1990s, evangelicals were mostly a constituency against foreign aid. Yet that has turned almost 180 degrees. Today, many evangelicals are powerful internationalists and humanitarians — and liberals haven’t awakened to the transformation. The new face of evangelicals is somebody like the Rev. Rick Warren, the California pastor who wrote “The Purpose Driven Life.”
(h/t to Zack Exley at Revolution in Jesusland)