A new generation of evangelicals

Jonathan Merritt

I am extremely fortunate to be exposed to some of the leading religious thinkers of our time through my work at Read The Spirit publishing. Every week my editor interviews someone with insights new and old that challenge currently held assumptions. This week the spotlight is on Jonathan Merritt, who grew up in the inner circles of power of the movement as the son of an evangelical stalwart.

Yet Merritt is the very voice of reason in an age of hyperbolic rhetoric.

I made this graphic because this abbreviated quote so perfectly summed up what needs to happen in the upcoming election. Here is the full quote:

Christians need a rapid infusion of what Peggy Noonan calls “patriotic grace,” which is to say, “a grace that takes the long view, apprehends the moment we’re in, comes up with ways of dealing with it, and eschews the politically cheap and manipulative.” Many of the folks I’ve spoken with want exactly that. They desire what John Murray Cuddihy called a “culture of civility.” They long for the day when the American public square will be a place of passionate but reasonable discussion—resembling the Greek agora more than the Roman Coliseum.

In short, we all need to take it down a notch, listen closely, and find the common ground we all share.

Read more here, at Read The Spirit.com.


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