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Intimate knowledge

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I have read this piece by Frank Schaeffer twice. It’s funny, and it’s a super promotion for his newest book. But more than that, I get what he is talking about. And I think he is right. There are just too many of us who don’t simply have a book knowledge or observational knowledge of how far-right, literalist, fundamentalist, evangelicals think. We have an insider’s intimate knowledge that comes from having been one of them. We know how they think because we used to think that way, too.

The ranks of post-evangelicals is growing. The so-called Nones may be checking none as a religious affiliation, but they are checking something far more valuable with there lives: respect for the innate value of of each human being, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, marital status, socioeconomic standing, or religious affiliation. Whether far-right evangelicals can acknowledge it or not,  their worldview is being rejected, and their current political posturing is accelerating the rejection. And the world will be a better place for it.

Read Schaeffer’s post at Patheos:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2013/10/the-gop-shutdown-is-a-godsend-for-the-emergentconvergent-progressive-churches-and-will-pay-my-electric-bill-too/