The Common Good

BOOK REVIEW: ‘From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin’

Today’s evangelicals, Mr. Hart relates, are at least as likely to push their government toward peace and justice commitments as away from policies that undermine the family or American exceptionalism. It’s not the same world it was a few decades ago, when American evangelicals - Mr. Falwell was perhaps the paradigm - aligned their preaching and their voting with the Republican Party and its embrace of limited government and anti-communism. For one thing, the commies are mostly gone. Evangelical writers such as Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo keep insisting on the “justice” agenda they see as inarguably consonant with biblical Christianity and the message of Jesus.