The Common Good

Southern Baptist official faces uncertain future

Source: USA Today
Date: May 28, 2012

At Princeton, Land learned to get along with people who held different beliefs.

That remains one of Land's strengths, said Jim Wallis, a progressive Christian preacher and author who founded Washington, D.C.-based Sojourners magazine.

Wallis and Land disagree on politics but often speak together at conferences, such as the Q gathering of evangelicals in Washington, D.C., in April, where their talk was titled "What Can We Agree On?"

After they speak, they often go out to dinner and talk late into the night. By contrast, Wallis' television appearances with other leaders of the Religious Right, such as the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, were basically shouting matches.

"We were always pitted against each other, like gladiators in the arena," Wallis said. "Jerry Falwell would never talk to me off camera."