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  •  "Evangelical" terminology is too broadly polled (3+ / 0-)

    There's a huge difference between various sects that identify as evangelical.

    The far right conservative evangelical identity is fundamentally driven by appeals to self-righteousness and holier-than-thou nonsense. The American Taliban, in other words. These sects live inside the right wing bubble. Santorum. Bachman. Sarah Who™.

    I think that most groups who identify as evangelicals understand abstract spiritual principles that encourage positive social behavior and a desire to spread the good news by attraction rather than fear-mongering.

    And there are big differences among all varieties of labelled religious groupls.

    The polling is interesting even though the labels aren't all that meaningful. It's the trends that matter, not so much the self-identity nor whether the person actually knows what their specific religion is all about. I don't think that a majority of regular church-goers can accurately articulate what their church is all about. Cynical, but I'd bet on it. We know that 90% of self-identified Catholic women use birth control sometime during their lives, for example.

    Yes, I would expect a difference between white and non-white self-identified evangelicals. It's not about their religion, though. It's about their actual life experiences and the kind of religious indoctrination they hear. And that varies widely.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:21:05 PM PST

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