Defining Evangelicalism Down

  By Paul Edwards, writing at Townhall.com The Religious Left is successfully redefining what it means to be a conservative evangelical by misrepresenting what it means to be a conservative evangelical. In a recent conference call hosted by Faith in Public Life, one of the emerging voices of the Religious Left, Dr. Joel Hunter, said: There’s also a change in the voices that are defining what is conservative now, and what is evangelical. In the past couple of decades you’ve had some very loud voices on both sides – hard right, hard left – and when those were the only choices, then of course many evangelicals are going to go with the hard right because, well, that’s kind of where we mostly are. Now there are many more voices that are expanding the agenda, and so those people that have always had kind of a holistic approach, rather than just a one or two issue approach, are now feeling permission

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Christianophobia warning from MP

Mr Pritchard criticised the “politically correct brigade” Attempts to move Christian traditions to the “margins” of British life have “gone far enough”, an MP has said. Mark Pritchard said “Christianophobia” of the “politically correct brigade” also ran the risk of Christianity being hijacked by extremist parties. The Tory MP said he did not want to criticise people of other faiths, but wanted to “recognise and protect the Christian tradition of this nation”. He has called a Westminster debate on Christianophobia for Wednesday. ‘Extremist’ Ahead of the debate the MP for Wrekin, Shropshire, told the BBC: “The debate is not about doing God or theocracy. It’s about ensuring that the Christian tradition of our nation is recognised. “If mainstream political parties do not recognise and protect the Christian tradition of this nation then other more extremist parties will. “If that happens, we are in danger of Christianity being hijacked by these ambitions.” Mr Pritchard said the debate was particularly topical, as

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