The New Evangelicals: How Christians are rethinking Abortion and Gay Marriage

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Chapter Leader
Joined in 2008
December 30, 2011, 19:36

A new article by American academic Marcia Pall, discussing changing attitudes of American evangelicals, is encouraging.

At the very least, it suggests a move away from the rigid Christian views often held in conjunction with right-wing politics in the USA. The same extreme, ungracious and unloving views espoused in Australia by groups such as Australian Christian Lobby, Saltshakers, some Christian leaders,and parts of the Liberal & National parties. We know that some Australian evangelicals (including Pentecostals) have changed their attitudes. Let’s hope the trend spreads here too.

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Youth Coordinator
Joined in 2008
January 5, 2012, 00:48

I read this too. Very interesting.

I've included some particularly interesting quotes below:

Cizik further noted that 40% of young evangelicals have a gay friend or family member, and that over 50% favour same-sex civil unions or marriages. Moreover, only 29% of evangelicals under thirty hold that the "homosexual lifestyle" is a "major" problem.

But Cizik's problems came from the 58% of elderly evangelicals and 46% of baby boomers who do think homosexuality is a serious problem. 80% of theological conservatives report strong discomfort with homosexuality; 40% of evangelicals say schools should have the right to fire gay teachers, and some are wary of donating to HIV/AIDS relief agencies.

It does look like the Evangelicals are moving forward but there is still a long way to go.

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