Evangelicals don’t adhere to the teaching of Jesus?

New Testament scholar Ben Witherington links to a Huffington post article (Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus) that says that Evangelicals are least likely to have beliefs that follow Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount.

“The results from a recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Tea-Party-and-Religion.aspx) reveal what social scientists have known for a long time: White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus. It is perhaps one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture. Evangelical Christians, who most fiercely proclaim to have a personal relationship with Christ, who most confidently declare their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, who go to church on a regular basis, pray daily, listen to Christian music, and place God and His Only Begotten Son at the center of their lives, are simultaneously the very people most likely to reject his teachings and despise his radical message.”

As Witherington self-identifies as an evangelical in the United Methodist Church, this makes his post an interesting forum and there are already quite a few comments on his blog. Witherington, while generally quite conservative theologically, has more liberal political beliefs. Therefore, I wouldn’t put him in the normal Evangelical conservative camp, but because of his theology he attracts a fair amount of that camp to his blog. So read the discussion his blog as well as the article.

I imagine this concentrates on American Evangelicals because I have said a few times that Evangelicals in Britain seems to run more liberal/socialist politically over here.


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