The Dallas Morning News religion blog Press Items
Nicholas D. Kristoff of The New York Times, echoing the sentiments of Jim Wallis and others on the religious left, says it's lamentable that Richard Cizik was pressured to resign from the leadership of the National Association of Evangelicals after telling National Public Radio he said he was softening in his opposition to gay unions.
Sojourners leader Jim Wallis has released this statement about the resignation of Richard Cizik from leadership position at the National Association of Evangelicals:
Rich Cizik has been a pioneer in the "new evangelical" movement and a real hero, especially to the next generation of young believers. Rich has helped lead the way to putting "creation care" and climate change on the mainstream agenda of the evangelical movement. His pilgrimage to a deep passion for the planet that God made for us has been, in his own language, a "conversion" and an "epiphany." Because of that, he has become a powerful spokesperson for many in the Christian world who are having that same conversion.
It is by now old news - or should be - that evangelical Christians have developed a social conscience that goes beyond wedge issues like abortion and gay rights. Some are even (gasp!) registered Democrats. Peter Berger launches the latest missive in the debate over what it means to do justice and love mercy. He invites scholars of religion, and particularly Christian theologians, to reconsider the prosperity gospel that is sometimes related to and often conflated with Pentecostalism, the fastest-growing religious movement in the world with followers numbering in the hundreds of millions.
The high public profiles of socially conscious Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and others have contributed to a more positive assessment of evangelicals among non-evangelical opinion-makers. Berger asks whether a similar re-assessment can be made about prosperity believers and Pentecostals.
An interfaith group including the Rev. Jim Wallis is calling on a stepped up federal effort to help the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast.
Jim Wallis and Richard Cizik are among those signing on to a letter asking that Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama use the presidential nominating conventions to talk - in primetime - about poverty.
Jim Wallis, the liberal/progressive evangelical author and speaker, issued a statement on Barack Obama's vision for faith-based initiatives.
So here's the round by round so far. James Dobson of Focus on the Family disses Barack Obama's theology. Jim Wallis of Sojourners disses Dobson's theology. Then Will Hall of the of Southern Baptist Press backs Dobson.
Jim Wallis is an evangelical leader and author who's pretty far removed on the political spectrum from James Dobson, a stalwart of the religious right. And Wallis is unhappy with Dobson's claim that Barack Obama distorts the Bible.
On his Beliefnet blog, the Rev. Jim Wallis, the liberals' answer to the religious right, speaks glowingly of Sen. Edward Kennedy.
A few days back, I'd noted that Hillary Clinton would participate in an event called the "Compassion Forum." Hosted by Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA, the event is hard to easily describe. Supporters include Frank Page of the Southern Baptist Convention, Jim Wallis of Sojourners, former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Senator Bob Casey of PA.