Thomas Ramey Watson

The evangelical rejection of reason

From an insightful NY Times Op-Ed
By KARL W.

GIBERSON and RANDALL J.

STEPHENS

Fundamentalism appeals to evangelicals who have become convinced that their country has been overrun by a vast secular conspiracy; denial is the simplest and most attractive response to change.

They have been scarred by the elimination of prayer in schools; the removal of nativity scenes from public places; the increasing legitimacy of abortion and homosexuality; the persistence of pornography and drug abuse; and acceptance of other religions

and of atheism.

In response, many evangelicals created what amounts to a “parallel culture,” nurtured by church, Sunday school, summer camps and colleges, as well

as publishing houses, broadcasting networks, music festivals and counseling groups.

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