30 July 2006

evangelical politics

Greg Boyd, widely published theologian, onetime faculty member at Bethel University, and pastor of the large Woodland Hills Church in the suburbs of the Twin Cities, seems to have lost around 1000 members of his church in recent months, around 20% of the congregation.

The reason? Not because Boyd has continued to disseminate his Open Theist views, which many orthodox Christians would consider to be theologically suspect. Rather, Woodland Hills Church's membership bleed appears to be a result of Boyd's making it clear in a series of sermons that his church will not function as the local chapter of any political party, as a bastion of nationalism, or as an uncritical supporter of US foreign policy.

That seems like an interesting window on the character and priorities of American evangelicalism.