Giberson and Stephens rebuke the bulk of the crop of the Republican presidential candidates for being "a showcase of evangelical anti-intellectualism."
They make an important point that "evangelical Christianity need not be defined by the simplistic theology, cultural isolationism and stubborn anti-intellectualism that most of the Republican candidates have embraced."
The two professors also rightly add that "Scholars like
Theirs are voices that definitely need to be heard more by fellow evangelicals. But alas, Giberson and Stephens can't resist taking a backhanded swipe at atheists by declaring that "even today atheism is little more than a quiet voice on the margins."
I wish Christians would make up their minds about us. We're either a tiny, insignificant minority to be ignored, or we are a threat to the American way of life. Of course, the truth is, we're neither. We should not be ignored, nor are we trying to destroy the United States. We are for the most part patriotic Americans who simply believe that belief should not be elevated over nonbelief in public life.