Transcript: American Evangelicalism - New Leaders, New Faces, New Issues

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Speaker: D. Michael Lindsay

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University

Venue: Pew Forum Biannual Faith Angle Conference

05/06/2008 - Some of the nation’s leading journalists gathered in Key West, Fla., in May 2008 for the Pew Forum’s biannual Faith Angle Conference on religion, politics and public life.

D. Michael Lindsay, author of Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite, described eight fallacies or misconceptions he held as he began his book. In the three years of his extensive research, he made surprising discoveries about the true power brokers and centers of power in American evangelicalism. He also found that the deep divisions in this movement are not between the political left and right, not between young and old, but between “cosmopolitan” and “populist” evangelicals. Lindsay discussed the implications of his findings for this election year as well as the future of the evangelical movement. David Kirkpatrick, Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, added some history about “old-school” evangelicalism and ways of categorizing the changes that are occurring within the American evangelical movement.

D. Michael Lindsay, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University

David Kirkpatrick, Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics & Public Policy Center; Senior Advisor, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Read the complete transcript American Evangelicalism: New Leaders, New Faces, New Issues on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Web site.

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