07. Why Dawkins, bin Laden & Romney are Good for Evangelicals. UPDATE

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun.com

That’s an enticing headline that the Canadian magazine, Faith Today, used to lure people to read a column by John Stackhouse, a prominent evangelical theologian, writer and blogger from Vancouver’s Regent College. It’s an effective teaser. It drew me to take a look, especially in hopes of discovering more about the connection to Mitt Romney, the Mormon challenger for the Republican presidential nomination.
After all, bin Laden is a bit obvious as a foe — famous for terrorism in the name of Islam. And atheist Dawkins is known for his intellectual howitzers aimed at religion. But Romney is the most interesting as a headline name, since on the surface his conservative values seem to coincide fairly closely with many evangelicals. And after all, almost all Mormons consider themselves Christians. Even though the fabulously detailed recent Pew Forum poll on American Mormons show that’s not what a lot of Christians think.

Mitt Romney

It turns out that Stackhouse’s column does not go into the intricacies of Mormonism, atheism or political Islam. But Stackhouse does make a completely justified argument that evangelicals and other Christians should be goaded into learning more about themselves and their traditions so they can come up with effective counter-arguments to the influential beliefs of Dawkins, bin Laden and Romney.

Being exposed to the thinking of Dawkins, bin Laden and Romney compels Stackhouse to write: “We are confronted with startlingly different opinions about the nature of love, sex, family, civilization, politics, money, responsibility, justice, charity, death, the hereafter — and each of these occasions gives us opportunity to share gospel truths.”

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