Evangelicals excuse themselves from their own history of violence as do the Catholics, Orthodox, Mormons, etc.
Roll up your sleeves are read the REAL (ongoing) history of Evangelical support for:
(1) the genocide and suppression of indigenous peoples such as North American natives,
(2) a genocidal, Fascist state of Israel against Palestinian Muslims and Christians,
(3) ongoing wars against non-Western countries usually to take their land and resources,
(4) opposition to efforts to consume less and “save” the planet from excess industrialisation,
(5) guns and the weapons industry, etc.
Let’s admit it, books such as Vincent Carroll and David Shiflett’s Christianity On Trial are among many lame attempts of Evangelicals to wash their hands of their responsibility for countless Western-inspired evils of this world. These publications are an apologetic for Christians who don’t want to admit they’re wrong, and wish to continue living the so-called “American Dream”, believing that they are the Manifest Destiny “chosen people”, along with their atheist bed-mates in the Israeli gov’t and its sponsor of Western neo-Conservatives.
Face it: Evangelicalism has been co-opted by the Right Wing. It is not independent, and has no prophetic voice. It fails to live up to Jesus’ core commands of loving the Creator and loving neighbour. Indeed, Evangelicals love Mammon instead of the true God, and hate their neighbours, especially those who are not belonging to their little elitist “tribe”.
Thus, Evangelicalism can’t be the true faith inspired by Jesus. It is a counterfeit, along with Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the so-called “Christian” cults / sects. It’s like a chicken claiming to be an eagle. No matter how hard it tries, it can’t really fly.
What is the alternative?
Where can the Real Deal be found?
And if it can’t be, who’s going to be brave enough to establish it?
– Dimitri Pravdin, sleepless in turtle island blog at Blogspot & WordPress
NOTE: I wrote a similar comment after reading Stephen J. Drain’s website and article, a book review of Vincent Carroll and David Shiflett’s 2002 book Christianity On Trial at the examiner.com