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An Excerpt from Tony Jones’ Emergent Frontier

It took a mere thirteen pages to bump into an interesting factoid in Tony Jones’ new book The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier. The following excerpt is unarguably true and seriously sad:

… it may be that evangelicals gained cultural prominence at the cost of real spiritual, societal, or intellectual transformation. And when measured by the present moral fiber of the United states, the evangelical revolution is a qualified failure - America, it seems, is no more “Christian” in its ethos than it ever was; some argue that we’re less Christ-like than we’ve ever been. Indeed, one can make the argument that evangelicals have been duped, selling their votes for a mess of pottage. For example, having played an important role in the Republican revolution and the eventual capture of all three branches of government, evangelicals have come to realize that Republicans have no serious intention of overturning Roe v. Wade - in fact, in the six years that Republicans had the White House and both houses of Congress (and, arguably, the Supreme Court), they passed virtually no significant antiabortion legislation (note: with the exception of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which affects 0.17 percent of the annual abortions in the United States), even though many of them had been elected on just that promise. Add to that the relentless assault on Christian values in the form of video games, Coors Light ads, and gun violence, and you simply don’t have a “Christian nation.”

(Jones, Tony. The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.)

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