Has Trump Destroyed Evangelicalism?

EVANGELICALS LOVE TRUMP!

This media narrative refuses to die. For conservative outlets, it’s followed by handwringing and calls for fire and brimstone. For liberals, it’s followed by laughing and pointing at evangelicals and their moral hypocrisy.

There’s only one problem with the narrative: it isn’t true.

The “evangelicals love Trump” stories tell us nothing about evangelicals. They only show that the “evangelical voter” is a meaningless concept. Continue reading “Has Trump Destroyed Evangelicalism?”

What Makes a Person a Cynic?

Because my blog is about quitting cynicism toward evangelicals, in my last post I defined evangelical. In this post, I’ll keep defining things: what makes a person a cynic?

As a lawyer, the first thing I look for when researching a new legal topic are the terms of art. Certain terms and phrases get defined and redefined so much they take a specific legal definition that’s different from their everyday definition.

It’s not enough for a lawyer to use Webster’s dictionary for a term like “negligence,” or “fair use,” or a “reasonably prudent person.” They’re terms of art.

The same thing will happen with “cynicism” in this blog. So before I get too far in, I’m going to tell you what I mean by a “cynic.”

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What is an Evangelical Anyway?

My blog is about quitting cynicism toward evangelicals. But before I talk about that, we need definitions. What is an evangelical anyway?

This is weirdly complicated, and has gotten me in trouble a lot. I’ll explain with a mostly-true story:

I denied my faith in the Yale Law School courtyard. Or maybe I didn’t, I’m not really sure. It started with a question from one of my classmates during our year-end picnic:

“What are you, some kind of evangelical?”

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