Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Evangelical Manifesto

The Evangelical Manifesto:
"An Evangelical Manifesto is an open declaration of who Evangelicals are and what they stand for. It has been drafted and published by a representative group of Evangelical leaders who do not claim to speak for all Evangelicals, but who invite all other Evangelicals to stand with them and help clarify what Evangelical means in light of “confusions within and the consternation without” the movement. As the Manifesto states, the signers are not out to attack or exclude anyone, but to rally and to call for reform. ..."
Well, the Manifesto was released today and the list of signatories has a number of names I recognize, and a whole lot I don't. Not surprising to me is the fact that a lot of the names that come to mind when I think of people who confuse politics and theology were NOT on the list of signatories as they now stand.

There have been lukewarm reactions from some sources, such as Murky Manifesto: Evangelical Statement Repudiates Theocracy – Sort Of, from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, but by and large a Google search of the topic shows a lot of interest in this work.

The web site linked above has PDF files of the manifesto and a study guide, and provides an opportunity for those who have read and agree with the document to add their names to the list of signatories.

It will take me a while to wade through the 20 pages, but I may add my own name. Or not. We'll see...

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