Weekend thinking with N.T. Wright and Ryan Burge: Let's talk specifics of that 'evangelical' crisis

GetReligion | 12/8/2019 | Terry Mattingly
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If you follow top-tier American media, you know that retired Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright is in the news right now. This is the kind of thing that happens when British intellectuals come to the United States to promote their new books.

Wright is a theologian known around the world as an apologist for a traditional, ecumenical brand of Christianity, to the point that some have said that his pew-level apologetics can be compared with C.S. Lewis.

Topics - Wright - Support - Book - New

So what’s are the hot topics for Wright, as he tours in support of his new book, “The New Testament in Its World”?

Wait for it.

% - Evangelicals - Donald - Trump - Evangelicalism

Well, have you heard that 81% of white evangelicals in American just love Donald Trump? And that American evangelicalism is in a state of crisis?

With all of that in mind, let’s make this an N.T. Wright weekend, with some “think piece” input from two religion-beat professionals who will be ultra-familiar to GetReligion readers — Sarah Pulliam Bailey of The Washington Post and Emma Green of The Atlantic.

Bailey - Breakfast - Q - A - Ran

So Bailey’s breakfast Q&A ran with this headline: “ ‘A wakeup call:’ British theologian N.T. Wright on the prosperity gospel, climate change and Advent.” Here’s a sample:

Q: How do you compare Brexit and Trump, and how British Christians understand American evangelical support for Trump?

Sort - Movement - Events - Brexit - Support

A: The same sort of movement propelled both events. With Brexit, we did not see the white evangelical support Trump had. The churches are probably divided. They’re probably mostly Remainers [who wanted Britain to remain in the European Union].

In Britain, the word “evangelical” doesn’t mean what it means in America. If you say evangelicals are like the white working-class communities who voted for Brexit because they felt they were unheard, people understand. It’s like, finally, somebody gave them a chance to say, ‘Hang on, what about us?’ Neither America nor Britain has figured...
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